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What story do you have to tell about a Larimer County employee? Larimer County employees leave lasting positive impressions on their co-workers and community members every day.

The Ranger Unitt Award, a public service annual award starting in 2021, honors the commitment to community that embodies the spirit of Ranger Unitt. The Ranger Unitt Award is open to any current Larimer County employee who demonstrates their passion to serve the community above anything else. The employee’s passion is exhibited through selfless acts of exceptional community service displayed through quality community or County interactions or initiatives.

Nominations for the Ranger Unitt Award will be accepted July 1 through August 31. The recipient of the award will be announced in October with a proclamation and event following in November. See below for the entry form. 

Click here to learn more about the Ranger Brendan Unitt Community Service Award. 

2021 Ranger Unitt Community Service Award Recipient

The Ranger Brendan Unitt Community Service Award was presented to Bill Wilson of the Natural Resources Department in 2021. Bill's community service spans over 25 years in Larimer County. He has a long history of serving Larimer County through his work with the County as well as with the City of Fort Collins for 14 years, as a small business owner and through raising his family in the area. Bill's impressive community service history includes more than 11,000 hours of volunteerism outside of his working hours. He has volunteered for many local organizations including the Veteran's Day Breakfast (City of Fort Collins event), Larimer County's Catch A Special Thrill (CAST), the Centennial Bass Club (in multiple positions), as Santa at The Farm and many more. His commitment and service to Larimer County is the embodiment of this award and what Ranger Brendan Unitt brought with him to his service and volunteer roles in the community. 

Learn more about Bill Wilson, the 2021 recipient of the Ranger Brendan Unitt Community Service Award by watching this video. 

Click here to watch the awards ceremony on December 17, 2021. 

About Ranger Brendan Unitt:

Brendan Unitt grew up in Windsor, CO and was a 2011 graduate of Windsor High School. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 2011 to 2015, which included a tour in Afghanistan as a Military Police Officer. Following his military service, Brendan returned to Larimer County. He graduated from Colorado State University in May of 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in addiction and substance abuse counseling. Brendan interned as a Deputy Probation Officer with Larimer County Probation Office where he received the Deputy Probation Officer of the Year Award in 2019. Brendan began service as a Larimer County Natural Resources Boat Ranger at Horsetooth Reservoir in 2020.

He committed himself wholeheartedly to providing safety assistance and emergency response to visitors at Horsetooth Reservoir. On August 20, 2020 Brendan Unitt lost his life while rescuing distressed swimmers during a sudden severe storm on Horsetooth Reservoir. Brendan was only days away from starting a police academy at Aims Community College. He was 27 years old. After his death, there was an outpouring of support from the community about his passion to serve through his numerous interactions with community members and County employees.

Ranger Unitt’s service and sacrifice to Larimer County and the citizens of Larimer County will be honored annually through the Ranger Unitt Award.

Nomination Form