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St. Cloud, MN (KROC-AM News) - Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson was among those honored as traffic safety leaders at this week's Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths 2022 conference in St. Cloud.

Sheriff Torgerson was presented with the Greater Minnesota Public Leadership Award. Winona County Deputy Chad Myers was honored this year with the TZD Enforcement Star Award. A total of 12 law enforcement personnel, paramedics, state and local government officials, organizations, and a TV reporter from the Twin Cities were recognized with awards at the conference.

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Sheriff Torgerson was recognized for putting increased emphasis on the Sheriff's offices traffic enforcement unit during the COVID-19 pandemic when Olmsted County experienced a significant increase in fatal crashes.

Nearly 900 traffic safety professionals from across Minnesota attended the conference. The Toward Zero Deaths initiative was launched in 2003 in an effort to develop strategies for reducing roadway fatalities.


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