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2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Minneapolis Rod Grams

Director Comey and Christine Grams

Rod Grams’ widow, Christine Grams, accepts the award on his behalf.
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The Minneapolis Division posthumously honors Rod Grams, a former U.S. congressman and Senator who contributed his time and expertise to a number of community organizations after leaving public office in 2000. Accepting the award is his wife, Christine Grams.

Rod Grams

In 2002, Minnesota became the seventh state to adopt the A.M.B.E.R. Alert statewide missing child alert system. Senator Grams played a key role in introducing the alert system to Minnesota by bringing law enforcement and media partners together to agree to the A.M.B.E.R. Alert proposal. Senator Grams also championed a key Minnesota law that released the media from liability if any information in an A.M.B.E.R. Alert or other emergency broadcast later proved to be inaccurate.

Since the program’s inception, 28 A.M.B.E.R. Alerts have been issued in the state, and all 28 children have been located. Minnesota also has a second-tier alert plan for missing child cases that do not meet the stringent A.M.B.E.R. Alert criteria, which has become known as the Minnesota Model. Because the model is so effective, it has been adopted by other states nationwide.

Senator Grams volunteered with many community organizations during and after his time in the U.S. Senate. He served on the board of directors for the Center for Victims of Torture, worked with Catholic Charities, and was involved with Mission 500, an organization that worked to end child hunger. In October 2013, Senator Grams lost his battle with cancer, leaving behind a great legacy.


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 4, 2014, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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