Sheriff’s Office receives actual Medal of Valor

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 7/3/19

Correction appended.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham awarded the Taos County Sheriff’s Response Team and Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe Medal of Valor a few weeks ago at the state …

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Sheriff’s Office receives actual Medal of Valor

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Correction appended.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham awarded the Taos County Sheriff’s Response Team and Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe Medal of Valor a few weeks ago at the state capitol.

But the actual medals weren’t yet ready, so they were presented Tuesday (July 1) by the Taos County Commission to the sheriff and his team in a ceremony during the Taos County Commission meeting at the Taos County Complex on Paseo del Pueblo Sur.

Several deputies and investigators with the Taos County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Superintendent of Insurance were recognized for their work in gathering evidence and conducting a raid that lead to the arrest of five adults and the rescue of 11 children from a compound near Amalia in August 2018. The team also found the remains of a boy buried on the property. The adults were originally arrested on child abuse or neglect charges. Those charges were later dismissed in Taos District Court, but a federal grand jury indicted the five adults on terrorism charges.

The July 3 print edition of this article incorrectly named the medal awarded to the sheriff's office as the Medal of Honor. The award they recieved was the Medal of Valor.

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