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Local state trooper receives a medal

Posted by wlpo on August 1, 2013

“The right person with the right training at the right place at the right time.”  That’s how State Trooper Brian Lewis describes an incident that earned him a Lifesaving Medal.

The La Salle trooper was given the award Wednesday after he successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on a woman last year while off-duty at a restaurant in Normal.

Lewis is quick to credit the training he gets from his job and says the medal reinforces why he became a police officer.  He says the incident also shows that state troopers are never really off duty and he’s okay with that.

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