By Taylor Short

The Cove Herald

The Copperas Cove Mt. Hiram Lodge expressed its gratitude for local law enforcement Tuesday night by naming Copperas Cove Police Department Sgt. Lester Nace Officer of the Year.

Dozens of Masonic Lodge No. 595 members were joined by officials from the Coryell County Sheriff's Office and Copperas Cove Police Department at Grace United Methodist Church to enjoy dinner and recognize those who often put their safety on the line for residents.

An officer in Copperas Cove since 1999, Nace now works in Training and Personnel and is described by CCPD Chief Tim Molnes and Lt. Eddie Wilson as diligent, passionate, a top-notch officer and an asset to both the department and the community.

Municipal Court Judge F.W. Price awarded the surprised officer with a plaque, cake and a savings bond.

"I'm extremely shocked," Nace said. "I was told I was here to support someone else."

After shaking hands with many in the crowd, Nace said he doesn't do his job for the pay or the recognition.

"For every 2,000 people that you may talk to, there could be one person whose life you truly affect," he said. "That's what makes it worth it to me."

Contact Taylor Short at or (254) 501-7476. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcove.

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