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News Date: 3/19/2007 

 Polk Sheriff’s Deputy Nominated for America’s Most Wanted All-Star Award 

Polk Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Speirs has been nominated as an America’s Most Wanted All-Star, honoring his outstanding service to the community. 

As you know, Deputy Speirs was shot by Angilo Freeland on Thursday, September 28, 2006 during the same incident where Freeland murdered Deputy Matthew Williams and killed his K-9 partner DiOGi.  Deputy Speirs exchanged gun fire with Freeland as Freeland was standing over Deputy Williams. 

Sheriff Judd wasn’t surprised to learn of Speirs being nominated.  “Doug laid his life on the line trying to save his comrade,”  said Judd.  “This agency has the finest men and women in the nation; Doug is an outstanding example of our team of heroes.”

For the third year in a row, America’s Most Wanted has teamed up with Nextel to find a way to honor first responders, by creating the AMW All-Star Awards. 

Through online voting, members of the community recognize one All-Star Finalist each week through mid April.  Go to the America’s Most Wanted website at www.amw.com to cast your vote for Deputy Speirs. 

Anyone can vote and it is important to vote once a day.  Voting closes midnight, Eastern Time, April 15, 2007.  The All-Star who receives the most votes in a week is selected as a finalist.  Finalist will be profiled on the America’s Most Wanted television show, and they receive an AMW duffle bag filled with AMW gear.  Finalists will be entered in the voting for the grand prize, $10,000.00 and a trip to NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series All-Star TM Challenge in May, 2007.