This year’s recipient of the Jack Dudek Member of the Year Award is K.C. Blodgett from Kansas. K.C. became a member of Topeka Lodge #3 in 1970. In 1981 he was elected Vice President and in 1985 was elected President, a position he held for four years. He was the first member of the Topeka Lodge to be awarded “Member of the Year” in 1989 and later awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Topeka Lodge #3.
K.C. was elected Chaplain of the Kansas State lodge in 1991; in 1997, he was elected Vice President; and in 2001 he was elected President and served for four years. He was elected the National Trustee from Kansas in 2013, a position he still holds today. He also continues to hold the position of Chaplain for Topeka Lodge #3, a position to which he was elected in 2021.
K.C. has served on or volunteered on the National Credentials Committee since 1995. In 1997, he was elected chair and only stepped down when he became National Trustee.
In 1992, K.C., along with members of the DEA, joined the National Drug Enforcement Officers Association, eventually becoming President and serving until 1994. He was one of the youngest members selected to serve on the M-Squad, which investigated homicides, and served as a Crisis Negotiator for the Shawnee County, Kansas Police Department. In 1997, he founded and became the first President of the Kansas Narcotic Officers Association.
K.C. remains active on the local, state, and national level. He stated, “The FOP continues to broaden its scope of what a strong union is and what it is meant to do for the betterment of the members.” In his words, all his achievements are due to the belief that he can serve not only local lodge members, but also state lodge members, and now, working with the National E-Board, all 370,000+ members of the Fraternal Order of Police.
The FOP is proud to present K.C. Blodgett with the 2023 Jack Dudek Member of the Year Award. Congratulations!
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