A detective in the Davis County sheriff's office received the Presidents Award of the Utah Peace Officers Association Saturday night for his work in solving a difficult arson case.

Kent Hedenstrom, an 8-year veteran in the department, was honored for his work in investigating a July 22, 1987, fire that gutted a home west of Layton.His investigation eventually brought about the arrest of a teenage boy who had been placed in the home as a foster child. The youth was referred to juvenile authorities and pleaded guilty to setting the fire.

Hedenstrom was nominated for the award in a letter from the homeowners, who praised his empathy and professionalism.

The award, a plaque, cites Hedenstrom for his contribution to law enforcement, which it says exemplifies the UPOA's 1988 theme of "The reflection of the badge is one of hope, peace, and security. Keep it gleaming."