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SELLERSBURG — Several Indiana State Police troopers from the Sellersburg Post have been recognized for their achievements and sacrifices.

Troopers received awards during the Indiana State Police Spring Awards ceremony at the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis on Friday, according to a news release.

The award recipients are as follows:

• 2017 Trooper of the Year for District #45 - Trooper Justin Mears — Awarded to one trooper per district every calendar year that personifies professionalism, integrity, a well-rounded work ethic, and community involvement as determined by the District Commander. Criteria for the award includes enforcement activity, arrests, case and crash investigations, public information programs and community service.

• Purple Heart for Distinguished Service - Trooper Morgenn Evans — Awarded to an employee who in the line of duty sustains a serious bodily injury during the performance of an enforcement action involving a physical force encounter or while rendering service during a critical incident. The injury sustained must have been beyond the employee's control to prevent.

• Combat Action Awards - Trooper Morgenn Evans and Senior Trooper Shaun Hannon — Awarded to an employee for courageous "at risk" performance of duty, including the use of and/or defense against life threatening physical force (or other specific actions that elevates danger to the employee).

• Silver Star Award - Trooper Morgenn Evans — Awarded for performance in a distinguished manner beyond reasonable expectations. A deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual. The deed was intelligently performed, self-initiated or reactive, and may have involved a risk of serious injury or loss of life to the recipient.

• Life Saving Award - Trooper Morgenn Evans — Awarded to an employee or citizen for extraordinary conduct in saving the life of a fellow human being.

• DUI District Award - Trooper Justin Mears — Presented to the top DUI enforcement trooper in each district.

• DUI Life Awards - Trooper Justin Mears and Trooper Morgenn Evans — Presented to the top five DUI enforcement troopers in the state.

• Commendation Award - Trooper Dustin Whitaker — Awarded to an employee or citizen for extraordinary conduct and exemplary professionalism.

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