Louisiana State Police announces recipients of annual LSP Awards

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) - Louisiana State Police held its annual Awards Ceremony Friday to honor Troopers, public safety personnel, and civilians from across the state for performing above and beyond the call of duty over the past year.
 
The ceremony was held earlier this morning at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy Auditorium on Independence Blvd. in Baton Rouge. Examples of bravery, dedication, and exceptional work ethic were common themes throughout the ceremony.
 
Awards presented to these extraordinary individuals are as follows:
 
Lifesaving Award – Awarded for any act which results in saving or sustaining the life of a person:
 
·       Sgt. Derrick Stewart (Troop B)
·       DPS Sergeant Chris Pesson (Crescent City Connection)
·       Senior Trooper David Easley (Troop B)
·       Senior Trooper Robert Powell (Troop L)
·       Master Trooper Shawn Boyd (Troop B)
·       Master Trooper Stacy Cole (Troop E)
·       Master Trooper Michael Linton (Troop F)
·       Trooper First Class Eric Thaxton (Troop N)
·       Trooper Santiago St. Clair (Troop B)
·       Robert Guillory (Civilian)
·       Josh Burns (Civilian)
 
Service Injury Award – Awarded for significant injuries incurred while acting within the scope of official duty:
 
·       Trooper Carlos Pineda (Troop N)
 
Richard Honeycutt Award – Awarded for outstanding service and dedication to duty by a Communications Officer:
 
·       Communications Officer 3 Shanga Hill
 
DPS Officer of the Year – Awarded for consistent display of outstanding qualities that exemplify a member of the Department of Public Safety:
 
·       Name withheld due to undercover criminal investigative work
 
Plainclothes Trooper of the Year – Awarded for consistent display of outstanding qualities that exemplify a member of the Louisiana State Police:
 
·       Name withheld due to undercover criminal investigative work
 
Uniformed Trooper of the Year – Awarded for consistent display of outstanding qualities that exemplify a member of the Louisiana State Police:
 
·       Trooper Brady Johnson (Troop I)
 
Blue Max Award – Awarded for the most recovered stolen vehicles with arrests in a 12 month period:
 
·       Trooper First Class Archibald Forsyth (Troop A)
·       Trooper Jack Uhle (Troop N)
 
Meritorious Service Award – Awarded for performance of duty that exceeds the normal expectations of duty and demonstrates an exceptional degree of good judgment, initiative, and competence:
 
·       Master Trooper Scott Coco (Troop E)
·       Trooper First Class Chance Guilliams (Troop E)
·       Sergeant Michael Nugent (Troop E)
·       Senior Trooper Jason Martel (Troop E)
·       Trooper Travis Luken (Troop L)
·       Trooper Jarrod Miles (Troop C)
·       Master Trooper Rodger Cason (Troop G)
·       Senior Trooper Brent Peart (Troop G)
·       Trooper First Class George “Trey” Strickland (Troop G)
·       Trooper First Class Matthew Titus (Troop G)
·       Senior Trooper Herman Newell (Troop L)
·       Trooper Jack Uhle (Troop N)
·       Trooper Michael Mercante (CID Region 1 – Hammond)
·       Trooper Munish Tanwar (Troop N)
·       Trooper Monroe Dillon (CID Region 1 – New Orleans)
·       Trooper Dereck Clark (Troop N)
·       Trooper Kipp Fellon (Troop N)
·       Trooper Carlos Pineda (Troop N)
·       Trooper First Class Eric Thaxton (Troop N)
·       Trooper Justin Rice (CID Region 2 – Houma)
·       Senior Trooper John Martinez (Transportation Safety Services - Metairie)
·       Trooper First Class Douglas Thompson (Troop A)
·       Trooper Brian Melvin (Troop B)
·       Trooper Jonathan James (Troop C)
·       Sergeant Brett Travis (Troop D)
·       Master Trooper Byron Juneau (Troop E)
·       Trooper First Class Frank Kuba (Troop G)
·       Master Trooper Patrick Dunn (Troop L)
·       DPS Officer Gailand “PJ” Freeman (DPS Capitol Detail – Baton Rouge)
·       DPS Officer William Brewster (Transportation Safety Services – Baton Rouge)
·       Rusty Perry, LA Wildlife and Fisheries
·       Buddy King, Winn Parish Fire Department
·       Chief Deputy Steven Martel, Avoyelles Parish S.O.
·       LSP K-9 “Ricco”
 
Exceptional Bravery Award – Awarded for acts of bravery which result in the saving of a human life, or the attempt to do so, at the risk of one’s personal safety:
 
·       John Eastwold (Civilian)
·       John LaBruzzo (Civilian)
·       Robert Fletcher (Civilian)
 
Fusion Center Award – The Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Exchange Center (LA-SAFE) was awarded the prestigious NFCA/IBM “Fusion Center of the Year Award” at the 2016 National Fusion Center Association’s annual training event in Alexandria, VA in recognition of the exceptional service LA-SAFE provides to the citizens of Louisiana and the nation.

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