Graduation Day! Class of May 2018

10-07 Fund Awarded for Support of the Academy

Please allow me to share our experience at the sixth graduation since the beginning of the 10-07 Fund. It was amazing! Eleven cadets have received the Toby Candilora Scholarship to date. The ninth, tenth and eleventh cadets graduated yesterday.

Jack and I attended, as we have each graduation. Director Jack Rickards usually introduces us and provides a little background about Toby when they present the scholarships. This year, we were surprised to be presented with an award to the 10-07 Charitable Fund for supporting the law enforcement program at WSU!

Even though WSU’s law enforcement academy has been in existence since 1964, the Toby Candilora Scholarship is the first one of its kind. This has been, from its very inception, a collective effort, and we want to take this opportunity to thank our family and friends for supporting this endeavor. We could not do it without each and every one of you.

The award was presented by no other than Clinton City Police Chief Bill Chilson, who has hired two scholarship recipients from this graduating class, class representative Dayne Dyer and Chris Wilkinson. After the Chief presented their diplomas, he approached Jack (Jones) and me, held out his hand to shake mine, and pressed a Clinton PD ‘challenge coin’ against the palm of my hand. He said, “Toby was one of my first reserve officers. And one of my favorites.” CHILLS.

Cadet, now Officer, Dyer’s commencement speech was eloquent and truly touched my heart. Dyer told of the rigors of training physically to be a law enforcement officer. He cautioned, however, that without training one’s mind, and preparing mentally, it would be impossible to do the job. As a Mom, my mind went to Toby, and the last year of his life. I thought of all of the work he did for so many years to train his mind to do the job that he loved so much. It certainly served him well in his final challenge.

I wish that I could convey the gratitude expressed yesterday by the scholarship recipient graduates – and their extended family members. We’re hopeful that reading the thank you notes give you a similar heartwarming experience and validation that, in some small way, we are making a difference.

Thank you for all your love and support!


Robyn Jones


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Thank You from Matt Hassig

Dear 10-07 Fund,

I wanted to give you an update on how life is for me after receiving the scholarship and graduating from Weber State’s Police Academy. During my graduation I was awarded a plaque from the Utah POST Board for Excellent Ethics during my time at the academy.

I was hired by my home town Police department of Ogden City and am currently a patrol officer. I received my job right after graduation and could not be more grateful of the opportunities that have been presented to me. Since being with Ogden City I have also become of member the department’s Honor Guard. Within the first two months of working with the city I received an excellent work certificate and I strive every day to make a difference in anyone’s lives that I come in contact with while on or off duty.

Along with being a Police Officer I am currently enlisted as a Sergeant in the United States Army Reserves where I’ve utilized my experiences from being a Police Officer to become a better soldier every day. I use the skills I learned in school and while on duty within my Army career to help in my decision making and also have become a better mentor and leader for the soldiers I lead in the 744th Engineers.

The passion I have for being an officer has inspired a few of my friends to even start their paths in pursuing a career in policing. One of my friends was hired by Roy City after graduating from Weber State’s Police Academy after my graduating class.

Ultimately, I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity the foundation helped provide me.


Matt Hassig



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Thank You from Chris Wilkinson

Dear Scholarship Donor,

Thank you for helping me achieve my goals with this scholarship. It has been very stressful for me and my family and this has greatly reduced the financial burden on us while I attend the Law Enforcement Academy at Weber State University.

Chris Wilkinson

Officer Chris Wilkinson Clinton City Police Department

This means the world to me and my family. I am very excited to get out there and start serving our community and learning what it means to be an officer. After the Academy I plan to get my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and advance further into my career. This has been a huge help getting me onto my new path and achieving my goals.

Thank you again for helping me on this journey into law enforcement.


Officer Chris Wilkinson
Clinton City Police Department


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Thank You from Zachary Baker

Dear 10-07 Fund Donors,

I would like to take this time to thank the donors for selecting me as the recipient for the Toby Candilora Scholarship. This scholarship has helped to relieve a huge financial stress for my family and me. Having to support a family while going to school and attempting to work full time is very trying and with your generous donation has become that much easier.

Since I was thirteen I have always dreamed about being a police officer. At a young age, I had my first experience of an unexpected death of a family member in an auto accident. The sheriff that came to our aid was so compassionate and empathetic that it rerouted my life. I knew from that day forward that is what I wanted to be. I wanted to be a light in the community. I wanted to be the one that people turned to for an unconditional and unbiased source of protection and safe guard for whatever may come. As an officer I will provide just that within my community. I will serve without fear or favor, malice or ill will, and I will keep true to the community that looks to me as a public servant.

The academy has been a great experience and laid a strong foundation for my career as a police officer. I established many great friendships and met a lot of extraordinary people. I am so grateful for the opportunity that was given to me to attend the Weber State University Police Academy. I was able to get into better shape and learn all that I needed to make myself successful as a police officer and through this scholarship, it has given me the opportunity to lose stress and worry financially and focus 100% on my further education and career.

I am currently employed as a police officer with Roy City Police Department and working on my field training. I aspire to donate my time and eventually work my way into participating at Weber State university as an instructor in their law enforcement academy.

Thank you again for this great honor,

Officer Zachary Baker
Roy City Police Department

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Thank You from Craig Armstrong

Dear Candilora and Jones Families,

I am blessed and honored to be receiving the Candilora 10-07 Scholarship. I put my whole soul and desire for becoming a police officer, while still focusing on my family, into the essay. This is the greatest blessing that my family could have received from your family. I cannot thank you enough for your love and generosity toward your family and me.

On my journey through the Police Academy I struggled and stressed about so many things, especially the financial burden it placed on my family. I would like to personally express my gratitude towards your family. My family is now able to start on a better note because of your assistance. May God bless your family for the love you have given us. Thank you.


Presten Craig Armstrong

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Thank You from Dayne Dyer

Dear Candilora-Jones Family, Director Jack Rickards and the Toby Candilora 10-7 Scholarship Committee,

It is with a swell heart and much gratitude I address you all and say sincerely thank you for taking the time to consider the Cadets here at Weber State’s Law Enforcement Academy. I am extremely grateful that I was selected for the award of the scholarship. Those funds will be a great and wonderful help with the financial burden it was to be a self sponsored Cadet at the Academy. I sincerely say thank you.

Dayne Dyer

Officer Dayne Dyer Clinton City Police Department

Growing up I heard a common idiom that has helped to shape my outlook on life and the way I live. The idiom states ‘memories do not live as people do they always remember you’. The memories of Toby Candilora that his family holds now has been passed on to others who have heard his story and share the same goals and aspirations that he did. I sincerely believe that we live on with Toby’s will within us and I do hope that we will continue to live our lives in such a manner that will bring great honor to his name.

In order for memories to stay alive I believe we need to make that effort as the idiom stated and I have now embodied the memory of Toby’s story in my life. I thank the Candilora / Jones family for sharing his life with us and thank them for all their efforts in making this scholarship a possibility to the Cadets at this Academy.


Officer Dayne Dyer

Clinton City Police Department


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Thank You from Cameron Kapetanov

Dear Candilora-Jones family,

My name is Cameron Kapetanov. I am one of the beneficiaries of your police academy scholarship. I cannot thank you enough for not only providing the opportunity to cadets to receive some financial help, but for selecting me as one of those cadets!

Cameron Kapetanov

Cameron Kapetanov

My desire to be in law enforcement goes back as long as I can remember. Being enamored as a little kid watching Superman and seeing what good he does and the values he lives by: protect the innocent, defend truth and justice, and help create a world of peace. I wanted to be him. I wanted to live the life he does. Obviously, that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon as I don’t have super powers (yet), but I could come close. I could go into law enforcement. This desire ebbed and flowed as I grew up and learned more about life and who I was as a person, but it seemed that life was not really giving me an opportunity to act on that desire…until 4 months before registration was due for the upcoming academy class. It was going to be close, but it was time.

When I made the decision to be a part of law enforcement and the academy, I knew it was going to be a rough road not only physically, but financially as well. I worked hard and was able to lose about 35lbs before the academy, but was not able to secure any financial help or success on my own. It was an added stress, as it always will be when it comes to money and the expenses of life, which I didn’t need or want. I tried my best to do side jobs and other things to help, but it just didn’t seem to be enough. Through extended family and some humble asking, I was able to at least get enough to enter into the academy. Life was still rough, though. My wife was working all she could to help out with bills; barely making it each month as I was no longer holding up my half of the financial responsibilities. We managed as best as we could, but home life was getting more difficult. It seemed as though I just had to put my dreams on hold until later in life. However, thanks to your family, I have a peace of mind at home and an increased level of focus in the academy.

I am achieving that dream to be a Super-man that I’ve had since childhood and am now doing it with more confidence and determination. It is because of you and your continuing service to future law enforcement and, for me specifically, being awarded this scholarship.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Cameron Kapetanov

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2017 Results – Almost There!

We have some great news! We are more than half way to fully endowing each of our scholarships! In 2017, we donated:

  • $12,000 to the Weber State University Law Enforcement Academy: To date, we’ve supported 8 cadets with scholarships, and we are 67 percent of the way to fully endowing a scholarship.
  • $5000 to Bellevue University’s Master’s in Public Administration Program: Together with Toby’s friends who started the scholarship, we’ve supported 2 graduates, and we are 60 percent of the way to full endowment.
  • $1000 to the Candilora Cadets ALS Association of Oregon Walk Team: Our total contribution is now $3000.

Thank you to each one of you who has joined us for the 10-07 Fund 5K Walk/Run and/or donated to support our work the last three years. We are energized by these results! We are also overwhelmed knowing that all this good is a reflection of your love for Toby and support for our family.

As we see “our” graduates head out into the world to protect and serve, many working here, in Ogden and nearby communities, we know we’ve ensured the spirit of Toby’s work will continue. There are truly no words for what that gives us. Gratitude is just the start.

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Congratulations Armstrong, Baker!

Scholarship Recipients Graduate and Join Local Law Enforcement

Two 10-07 Scholarship recipients,Preston Armstrong and Zachary Baker, graduated from the WSU Law Enforcement Academy today. Baker, the speaker chosen by the cadets, began work in Roy City this week. Armstrong is in the process of finalizing his employment decisions.

The cadets, WSU, and the 10-07 Fund are grateful to 10-07 Fund supporters who helped  these wonderful cadets through schooling.

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What an Impact: Robb Hall

The 10-07 Fund, Ogden, and our family lost a champion over the holidays. Robb Hall supports each of our 10-07 Fund walks, helping with set-up and bringing van-loads of bright-eyed Youth Impact kids to help keep everyone hydrated and motivated along the way. Beyond that. Well. He is Robb Hall. There isn’t another quite like him.

Rest in peace, we miss you friend.

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