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State troopers honored for bravery

Eight state police troopers from the Versailles District were honored for bravery last week during an awards ceremony.

Troopers Jared Black and Chris Lockman received the Bronze Star, for their actions in a August 2013 crash in Jackson County. Sgt. Noel Houze, spokesman for the department, says that the two arrived at a crash on County Road 850E in Jackson County,  where they found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

The victim was on the ground about six inches from the burning vehicle. His legs were on fire and his clothing had been burned off. Trooper Lockman went into the intense heat and grabbed one of the victim's arms but was unable to pull the victim away. Trooper Black grabbed Lockman's duty belt and the two pulled the victim a safe distance from the vehicle. The troopers and Seymour police officers assisted the victim until paramedics arrived, but the victim died the next day.

The Bronze Star is awarded for distinguished service or outstanding public service performed at a level clearly unique to expectations of regularly assigned job responsibilities, Houze said.

Troopers Korry Clark, Brent Lykins, and Stephen Wheeles,
received the Indiana State Police Life Saving Award. They saved the life of a Charlestown woman in an April 2013 crash on Interstate 65 between Seymour and Walesboro. Malinda Miller-Bell of Charlestown was trapped under her vehicle with her head pinned in the crash near the 56 and a half mile marker.

The troopers used a floor jack and scissors jack to raise the vehicle enough to relieve the pressure from her head until firefighters and EMTs were able to arrive at the scene.

Other awards included:

Trooper Livers for saving the life of Rush County Sheriff Jim Owens in 2004.

Troopers Matt Haviland and David Meyer received
the Indiana State Police Combat Action Award for their actions during a June 1, 2005 hostage situation in Shelbyville.

The Combat Action Award is awarded to police employees for courageous “at risk” performance of duty; to include the use of and/or defense against life threatening physical force (or other specific actions that elevates danger to the police employee).
Last Updated: Monday, August 25, 2014 10:32:09 AM

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