McGruff the crime-fighting dog himself thanked Mountain Fuel Supply Co. on Thursday for posting his picture on all its trucks to show they are havens for children in trouble.
That came during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Justice giving Mountain Fuel one of 13 National Crime Prevention Awards for 1989. It also marked the 10th birthday of McGruff.Mountain Fuel pioneered the "McGruff Truck Program," which is similar to the McGruff safe-house program. Signs with McGruff on the natural gas utility's trucks show they are places where children in trouble can seek help.
Also, Mountain Fuel workers are trained to keep an eye out for possible trouble in communities and report it to "help take a bite out of crime."
The company and the Utah Council for Crime Prevention provide "instruction to schools and information and technical assistance to utility companies nationwide," and are working on a possible national McGruff truck effort, the award commendation said.
Mountain Fuel President Nick Rose was handed the award from McGruff and Assistant Attorney General Richard B. Abell, and was also thanked by U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.
Rose said Mountain Fuel employee Bob Rojas and his wife, Zelda, in Price suggested the program, which he said the company's 1,500 employees have enthusiastically supported.
Rose said the help and cooperation of the Utah Council for Crime Prevention, school PTAs and law enforcement officials statewide were keys to the program's success.