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Vanderford is the first North Alabama officer in more than a decade to earn a federal award for his work. Vanderford is the first North Alabama officer in more than a decade to earn a federal award for his work.
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COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A Colbert County investigator is the first North Alabama officer in more than a decade to earn a federal award for his work.

In December 2009, Investigator Tim Vanderford worked a bank robbery in Ford City. Deputies arrested Rickey Walter Denton 24 hours later. The case then led Vanderford to a ring of identity theft and federal tax fraud run by Denton. The ring used stolen IDs from prison inmates and took more than $140,000 from the IRS.

"It wasn't just me," said Vanderford, "it was a group effort. It was an all-around cooperation of all of us working together."

Monday, officials with the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association awarded Captain Vanderford with a special investigative award for his work on the case. Vanderford is the first officer to receive the award on a local level in 14 years.

Vanderford said they treated the case the same way they treat all others in the county. "This one just happened to get more recognition than the others," he said.

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