Posted: 1:53 PM- Utah Highway Patrol Officer Lisa Steed is the Utah Highway Patrol's new Trooper of the Year. The Utah Department of Public Safety made the announcement after Steed made more than 200 DUI arrests this year.
Colleagues say the West Point resident is the first woman to receive the honor, which is annually selected by UHP's Honorary Colonels. Steed will also be awarded the Public Safety Star for extraordinary acts or accomplishments.
Sgt. Shane Nordfelt is Steed's immediate supervisor with UHP. Nordfelt says the award is in recognition of outstanding police work and a community-based approach to public service.
''She's a great asset for the citizens of Utah to have working on the highway patrol," Nordfelt said. ''She works well with the public, she'll stop for motorists that need help, changing tires or getting off the freeway."
Nordfelt called her ''a little ball of fire and energy."
Fellow troopers say Steed has a remarkable record of police work. In her five-year career, she's made more than 750 arrests for driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and more than 1,200 total arrests.
Thus far in 2007, Steed has stopped more than 2,000 cars.
''She's got a work ethic that's second to none," said Kim Farnsworth, with the UHP. ''I've never seen anyone work so hard."
Steed is also known for her willingness to help other officers. A graduate of Weber State University, Steed holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. She worked as a dispatcher while attending school.
Steed shares credit for the award with her fellow officers.
''Without the people I work with and the sergeant's and lieutenant's support, I couldn't have made it to these goals," she said.