West Hennepin Public Safety Director Ray McCoy has received a Professional of the Year Award from his alma mater, Crown College, a Christian college located west of Minneapolis.
Sue Wilson, vice president for finance and operations at Crown College, presented the award to McCoy at the Tuesday, Nov. 12, Independence City Council meeting. She said the college each year recognizes an alum for accomplishments in the community that put to use what he or she learned in school. McCoy attended Crown College from 1972-1975.
A significant accomplishment for McCoy while enrolled at Crown was “finding his lovely wife Bobbi,” Wilson said. The two were married while both still were in school. They went on to have three children and four grandchildren.
Reading from a news release, she described why Crown College chose McCoy for the award.
“Ray’s passion burns bright after more than 30 years of serving,” she said. “His desire to assist people in their times of distress ignited McCoy after beginning his firefighting career in 1977. After praying with his wife about next stops, he moved toward law enforcement — joining the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.”
Since moving into law enforcement, McCoy has worked as a patrol officer, investigator, sergeant and director of WHPS and currently also is emergency management director for WHPS. During a parallel career as a volunteer firefighter, he served as fire chief for 12 years. He teaches classes on drug awareness, youth and social media, search and seizure and emergency management.
After learning about his award, McCoy said, “Some of the most rewarding moments of my career are when people, whom I’ve arrested months or years earlier, come up to me and say what a difference that made in their life.”
McCoy thanked Wilson for the award and said he was “extremely humbled” and “felt undeserving.”
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