Trio of Elizabethtown troopers given Highway Patrol recognition

RALEIGH — Col. Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and Frank L. Perry, secretary of the Department of Public Safety, presented numerous members and residents with awards in a ceremony Tuesday. Included were three individuals from Elizabethtown.

The awards given included the State Highway Patrol Award of Valor, Purple Heart Award, Meritorious Service Award, Samaritan Award, Humanitarian Service Award and the Appreciation Award.

“This ceremony provides an opportunity to highlight the unwavering commitment demonstrated by our members both sworn and civilian,” said Grey. “I am proud that our members display such unselfish service to the citizens of our great state.”

The awards to Elizabethtown recipients included:

— Meritorious Service Award to Trooper James A. McVicker Jr., Troop B, District 5; and to Trooper Kathryn L. McVicker, Troop B, District 5.

— Samaritan Service Award to Trooper Aaron M. Russ, Troop B, District 5.

The Highway Patrol Meritorious Service Award is given by the Patrol to a member or members who serve the state of North Carolina in an outstanding manner.

The Highway Patrol Samaritan Award is an award bestowed to a member of the Patrol who went beyond the call of duty to aid or assist a fellow citizen.

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