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I’m one of those people that think the media focus too often on negative stories and ignore newsworthy positive events. So when I came across a press release about five people were recently honored in Raleigh for rendering exemplary service to the citizens of North Carolina, I knew it wasn’t going to get much attention.

I know individual blogs don’t reach many people, but these wonderful individuals deserve some recognition. So here it is:

Three state troopers and two citizens received awards this week from the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Recipient and Award:

· Trooper C. R. Davis – received the CCPS Meritorious Service Award and the Highway Patrol Meritorious Award. Trooper Davis, along with several other members, participated in a crackdown on street racing in Guilford and Forsyth counties.

· Lt. C. R. Lee and Trooper S. G. McKeel – received the CCPS Commendation Award and the Highway Patrol Samaritan Award. Trooper McKeel and Lt. C. R. Lee performed life-saving CPR to a distressed motorist on US 64 in Wake County.

“Each Trooper went beyond the normal call of duty, and demonstrated outstanding judgment. This level of service exemplifies what it means to be a state employee—to serve others,” said Colonel Randy Glover, Highway Patrol Commander.

The Highway Patrol recognized two citizens, Mr. Jamie Bennett and Ms. Mendy Grenier, by presenting the Citizen Life Saving Award for their willingness to assist patrol members in a time of need.

The Commendation Award is CCPS’s second highest award for heroism and is given only to those who have demonstrated judgment and courage that saved others. The Meritorious Award is CCPS’s second highest award for meritorious service or achievement. The patrol presents the Meritorious Award to a member who serves the State of North Carolina in an outstanding manner. The Samaritan Award is given an award bestowed to a patrol member who went beyond the call of duty to aid or assist a fellow citizen.

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