John King (Jack) Lennig Award

Rob and Jack

Jack became a police officer in the metro area in the early 70’s.  He went to Lakewood PD and became an agent in 1977.  Jack’s heart was always in K-9 and he started the K-9 unit at Lakewood.  He along with Jesse Lewis from Denver P.D., started Region 14 of the U.S.P.C.A.     Jack received his training at the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department under Charlie Kirshner.  Charlie Kirshner was trained by T. Patrick Cahill.  Mr. Cahill is really the guy who started in all in the United States.     Jack trained many handlers and trainers in his time.  I include myself as one of them and I have trained many trainersLennig here.  So one might say that in this lineage we are all “Cahill” trained.    Jack passed away way too soon.  The Jack Lennig Memorial Award is earned by any USPCA K-9 team in Region 14 that certifies at PD1, Detection and Tracking trials within the same year.  Most of you know how much work that takes.  It is fitting memorial to a man that I think about every day and we owe a great deal to.   THANK YOU, JACK   

Kyle Richard Hall Memorial Award

Kyle Hall

In 1989 Kyle earned his Emergency Medical Technician certification and from 1993 to 1996 he was a volunteer EMT for Western Eagle County Ambulance District. In 1996, Kyle and his family moved from Eagle County to Burlington, Colorado where he took a position as a police officer/K-9 handler.  He also volunteered as an EMT for the Kit Carson County Ambulance Service. Kyle returned to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office in 2001.  Kyle was a long standing member of the United States Police Canine Association and certified with both of the police dogs he worked with — Nicky and Fantom — he was also a judge for the United States Police Canine Association. The Kyle Hall Memorial Award is given to the highest scoring team in the Detection Trial.

Kim "Joe" Clingan Outstanding K-9 Team

Joe Clingan

Joe Clingan currently serves as the Treasurer of the USPCA Region 14 and is still a very active member of the USPCA.  In fact, the main reason that a Clingan Award was developed was that we, as a region, felt that it did not make a lot of sense to just have awards after someone has passed away.  Why would we not celebrate a person that has been instrumental in keeping Region 14 alive.  Joe has been a member of this region from the very beginning and is still going strong.  The Award is given out during a Regional PD1 Certification to any team that Joe, and his panel of Judges, believe has made the most improvement or has had to overcome adversity to keep the K-9 Team mission ready.  Our Region believes that we would rather celebrate Joe now then have to remember him so he understands the debt we owe him for his contribution to the United States Police Canine Association but mostly to Region 14