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MARQUETTE, MICH. The Michigan State Police has announced that eleven troopers from the Upper Peninsula are recipients of the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award. They were recognized at a ceremony today in Lansing.
Corporal Mapes, an early pioneer in criminal patrol and investigation, was killed in the line of duty during the prohibition era. The annual award honors the top five percent of troopers in each district for looking “past the traffic stop” to excel in proactive criminal patrol and criminal investigations closed by felony arrests.
The 2018 Col. Sam Mapes Award recipients are:
Tpr. Randy Rovelsky, Negaunee Post
Tpr. Alan Park, Negaunee Post
Tpr. Shane Hauff, Negaunee Post
Tpr. Andrew Peterson, Negaunee Post
Tpr. Eric Farnsworth, Gladstone Post
Tpr. Jay Hills, Hometown Security Team
Tpr. Paul Ferraro, Sault Ste. Marie Post
Tpr. Samuel Ekola, St. Ignace Post
Tpr. Cole Hodge, Iron Mountain Post
Tpr. Alexander Sackmann, Wakefield Post
Tpr. Nichole Dyson, Calumet Post
Each award recipient receives a special service ribbon to wear on their uniform. It includes seven blue stars in honor of Corporal Mapes, who was the the seventh MSP trooper to die in the line of duty.