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Mother Of Fallen Deputy U.S. Marshal Awarded By FBI

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The FBI presents an award annually to a citizen or organization that has contributed significantly to crime, drug, or violence prevention in their community.

This year, the Criminal Justice Information Division said the award belongs to the mother of fallen Deputy U.S. Marshal, Derek Hotsinpiller.

"I think this award epitomizes who Jim and Derek were," Pam Hotsinpiller said. "Their determination, their hard work, and how they effected people with their short lives and how they will continue to effect people."

Pam Hotsinpiller spent 35 years as a special education teacher and as an advocate for special needs children.

After her son's death in February 2011, her focus changed.

While she still continues working with special needs children, she has also opened a door to becoming an advocate for crime victims and families of officers killed in the line of duty.

"Every year we look through our community and really find those who have gone the extra mile and Pam certainly fits that criteria in what she's done for fallen officers and their families," said FBI CJIS Division Assistant Director David Cuthbertson.

The FBI CJIS Division said Pam deserves the Community Leadership Award for the exemplified compassion and leadership she has in her community.

"She's gone about helping the live of the families of fallen law enforcement officers and establishing a scholarship for those who want to become law enforcement officers," Cuthbertson said.

Pam said she accepts the award on behalf of everyone who has helped her up to this point.

"I don't feel that I got an award today," Pam Hotsinpiller said. "I feel that a lot of people are being commended for their efforts to encourage people to go into law enforcement."

Pam has established the James and Derek Hotsinpiller Memorial Scholarship fund in memory of her husband and son.

It aims to grant scholarships to the youth who wish to pursue law enforcement careers.