Manson American Legion Awards 2020 Law Enforcement Certificate of Commendation
by Norm Manly, Post Service Officer
During the Manson American Legion, Post 108’s January meeting Nigel Hunter was honored with the Legion’s “Law Enforcement Certificate of Commendation” for 2020. He was joined by his wife and four children for the tribute. This annual award is intended for a well-rounded law enforcement officer who has exceeded the duty requirements expected of their position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement. Nigel Hunter meets all requirements.
Nigel was born Oakland, California. His family moved to Wenatchee when he was in the sixth grade so he calls Wenatchee home. After graduating high school he attended George Fox University, a private Christian university in Newberg, Oregon. After graduation he returned to teach at his alma mater, Wenatchee High School in 2004. Nigel coached girls’ soccer and taught social studies for seven years.
In 2015 Nigel changed direction for his life and was hired by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and attended the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Burien. Nigel says, “I was motivated to make the move after the civil unrest following the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown as well as the shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School.” Nigel graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy near the top of his class in all categories and served as a Patrol deputy until becoming a School Resource Officer (SRO) for Chelan and Manson school districts in 2018. Nigel sees his role a combination of teacher, counselor and mentor.
When asked what he liked about his job Nigel said, “I enjoy the diversity of this job. I can go from chasing a cougar, stopping cars, driving a boat to catching bad guys, all before lunch! The biggest challenge is the misconceptions about law enforcement officers in general and our Constitutional role in preserving American freedoms. I love teaching and seeing students’ eyes opened to the rights afforded them as residents of the United States as well as the responsibilities of being good neighbors.”
Outside of law enforcement, Nigel enjoys being outdoors with his wife and four children, especially camping and paddle boarding.