INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Police held their annual awards and recognition ceremony in Indianapolis this afternoon. The ceremony publicly recognized the achievements and accomplishments that all too often go without proper recognition. Officers were recognized for their dedication, service, bravery and devotion to the department and the citizens of Indiana. From the Putnamville State Police Post the following officers were recognized:
Sergeant Matt Ames was awarded a Combat Action Award for action he took in Vigo County earlier this year. On April 11, 2020, Sergeant Ames responded to a scene where Vigo County Deputies were pinned down from a suspect that was on higher ground in a wooded area. Sergeant Ames, along with Vigo County Deputy Elijah Donker, moved towards the shots being fired, which resulted in a position approximately 50 yards from the suspect. It was at that time that the suspect fired directly at Sergeant Ames, which allowed Deputy Donker to return fire, striking and killing the suspect. Sergeant Ames’ actions demonstrated courageous “at risk” performance of duty. These actions and dedication to duty are in keeping with the finest traditions of law enforcement and reflect great credit upon himself and the Indiana State Police. Sergeant Ames is a 24-year veteran of the Indiana State Police and resides in Vigo County.
Master Trooper Jeremy Lewis was recognized with a Commendation Award. On March 16, 2019, Master Trooper Lewis responded to a vehicle crash involving two commercial motor vehicles near the 16-mile marker on Interstate 70. Upon his arrival, he immediately grabbed his fire extinguisher and ran towards a semi that was actively burning in the median. With the assistance from by-standers, Master Trooper Lewis was able to control and extinguish the fire. He then immediately ran to the second semi and found the co-driver pinned between the front seat and the sleeper berth of the truck. The injured subject was yelling for assistance due to a back and neck injury. Master Trooper Lewis assisted the subject by stabilizing his neck and calming the subject down until medical services arrived on scene. Master Trooper Lewis’ actions and dedication to duty are in keeping with the finest traditions of law enforcement and reflect great credit upon himself and the Indiana State Police. Master Trooper Lewis is a 25-year veteran of the Indiana State Police and resides in Parke County.
Trooper Rondell Shelton was recognized for the District DUI Award and the Indiana State Police Life Award which is presented to the top five DUI enforcement troopers in the state. Trooper Shelton removed 101 impaired drivers off Indiana roadways in 2019. Trooper Shelton’s outstanding performance in this significant enforcement activity exemplifies the professionalism and integrity expected of an Indiana State Trooper. Trooper Shelton’s actions bring great credit upon himself and the Indiana State Police, making the roadways safer for the citizens of Indiana. Trooper Shelton is a five year veteran of the Indiana State Police and resides in Vigo County.
Trooper Courtland Woodruff was the recipient of the 2019 Putnamville Trooper of the District Award. Trooper Woodruff’s performance and accomplishments during 2019 earned him this recognition. He was overwhelmingly nominated for this award by his peers and the Putnamville District Command Team. During 2019, Trooper Woodruff concentrated his traffic and criminal enforcement efforts on DUI, drug enforcement, and associated crimes. Trooper Woodruff made 35 DUI arrests and 167 criminal arrests, most of which were drug and/or alcohol related. Trooper Woodruff is currently assigned to the Vigo County squad and is a member of the district Tactical Intervention Platoon. Trooper Woodruff is a four-year veteran and resides in Vigo County.
The Putnamville State Police Post is proud to recognize and congratulate these troopers who have displayed outstanding courage and dedication in their duty each and every day, and we honor and thank them for their continued service to the citizens of the State of Indiana.
Photo: (L-R Ames, Lewis, Shelton and Woodruff)