Recruit Awarded Dan Feather Memorial Scholarship

Submitted Photo Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy recruit Yvette Perez was awarded the Dan Feather Memorial Scholarship. Perez is pictured with Sgt. Raechel Waid, Sheriff’s Academy director, left, and Verna Feather, widow of Dan Feather.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy recently awarded academy recruit Yvette Perez with the Dan Feather Memorial Scholarship.

The $1,200 scholarship was created by Verna Feather, the widow of Dan Feather, who was an 18-year veteran of the Jamestown Police Department. The recipient must be a Chautauqua County resident attending the Sheriff’s Academy and possesses qualities that reflect the professionalism and character that Feather demonstrated during his service as a police officer.

Perez, the 25th recipient of the scholarship, attends the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy at SUNY Jamestown Community College. Perez graduated from Dunkirk High School in 2018 and from JCC with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice with high honors in December 2021.

Perez was accepted into the Sheriff’s Academy in August.

It is Mrs. Feather’s hope that the scholarship can be a lasting memorial to Dan Feather and help those who are pursuing a career in police work. The scholarship is administered through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

For Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua residents interested in applying to the Sheriff’s Academy, visit sunyjcc.edu/SheriffsAcademy. The prescreen application will be accepted Jan. 1 through April 15.


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