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Bullock Presents Victim Advocate of the Year Award to Dillon Nurse

Bullock Presents Victim Advocate of the Year Award to Dillon Nurse

DILLON – Attorney General Steve Bullock on Wednesday presented Dillon nurse Becky Beboer with a plaque recognizing her as one of two Outstanding Crime Victim Advocates of the Year for 2012.

Debour was honored at an afternoon ceremony at the Beaverhead County Chamber of Commerce in Dillon.

“With 37 years as a registered nurse – and seven of those as a sexual assault nurse examiner or SANE nurse – the services Becky provides to victims in this area are based on a lifetime of understanding and skill,” Bullock said. “And just as important, her efforts help bring the offenders to justice.”

Deboer was nominated for the award by Kelly McIntosh, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center in Dillon.  In her nomination letter, McIntosh noted that Deboer is the only SANE nurse working in the four southwestern counties of Montana.

“The Center relies heavily upon Becky’s expertise when faced with sexual assault crimes,” McIntosh wrote. “She helps many victims suffering from this type of crime not only as a medical nurse but also as a compassionate advocate.”

Deboer is an active member of the area’s Sexual Assault Response Team.

The second award for 2012 was presented earlier this summer to Detective Sergeant Jason Barkus, a Havre police officer. Sgt. Barkus spearheads that agency’s sex crime and family violence investigations.

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