First recipient of ‘Charles P. Pray Award’
RCA Fellow Don Pfohl, W7LPA, received an award from the Oregon State Police on Feb. 5, 2008. Don has worked for OSP for more than five years and has worked on radio systems for OSP, ODOT, Department of Forestry, and Department of Corrections. Additionally, he has provided public safety communications leadership and technical expertise for the cities of San Francisco, California and Mesa, Arizona. He also serves on a national committee that is developing communication system standards.
Oregon State Police Superintendent Timothy McLain presented the first “Charles P. Pray Award” to Don, who is the technical project manager for the Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network (OWIN). The OWIN project is the Oregon’s initiative to consolidate four state agency public safety radio systems and enable interoperable voice communication with other public safety agencies across the state. The new OSP award recognizes department employees whose body of work or career accomplishments have a significant effect on the department and establishes positive state, national or international recognition.
“Don’s lifetime commitment and devotion to wireless communications is unparalleled and has greatly enhanced the safety of Oregon’s citizens and Public Safety employees,” said Superintendent McLain. “His national leadership and passion for the public safety community has had a far reaching impact while ensuring constant improvement of the vital communication life-line on which so many public safety employees depend.”
The “Charles P. Pray Award” is named after the first superintendent of Oregon State Police. A state parole officer and former Department of Justice agent, Charles P. Pray was appointed superintendent effective June 7, 1931 and served as the department’s leader until 1946. Upon creation of the Department of State Police, he announced its objective to be “dignified and courteous law enforcement service devoted to the needs of the public.”
In November 2007, Pfohl was inducted as a Fellow in the Radio Club of America at the 98th Anniversary Annual Awards Banquet in New York City.