Estherville Police Officer Receives Special Recognition

Tue 1-26-2021

(Estherville)-- An Estherville police officer is receiving a special honor from the U.S. Attorney's Offices for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The agencies announced today (Tues.) Captain Nathaniel Dunlavy of the Estherville Police Department is this year's recipient of the Enrique S. Camarena Award for his commitment to reducing drug abuse.

The award was named after an 11-year veteran agent of the DEA who was kidnapped, brutally tortured and then murdered in Mexico in 1985 while working undercover gathering information and evidence about drug lords.

Captain Dunlavy spent over a decade as the DARE officer for Estherville schools and expanded the program to include kindergarten through 5th grade students. He also started teaching refresher courses in middle and high school and continue to interact with students, identifying those who may be on a bad path and helping them avoid drug use or other destructive behaviors.