Local Troopers receive prestigious awards

INDIANAPOLIS – Two Troopers from the Indiana State Police Post in Fort Wayne received awards recently at a ceremony held in the Government Center South in Indianapolis. Master Trooper Aaron W. Cook was named District 22 Trooper of the Year and Master Trooper Joel D. Lemmon received the Department’s Combat Action Award.

The District Trooper of the Year award is presented each year to a trooper at each district that personifies professionalism, integrity, a well-rounded work ethic and community involvement as determined by the district command. Criteria for the award include the areas of traffic and criminal enforcement, case and crash investigation, public information programs and community service.

Cook (shown receiving award), a resident of Whitley County received the award for his outstanding achievements in 2017 at the Fort Wayne District. Cook was appointed as a Trooper on December 4, 1994 as a graduate of the 51st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. During his career, Cook has served the Department as a member of the District Criminal Interdiction Team, a Field Training Officer, as a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon and in 2004 he distinguished himself with a life-saving effort and was awarded the Silver Star, the second highest honor that the Indiana State Police can bestow upon a Trooper. Cook was also awarded the Combat Action Award in October of 2012. He has served as a District Squad Sergeant and is currently assigned to patrol duties in Whitley and Huntington Counties.

The Combat Action Award is presented to a Trooper who has performed in an intelligent, courageous, responsible manner involving self-sacrifice while at risk that involved elevated circumstances of danger to himself.

Lemmon (pictured in center), of Whitley County, received the award for his involvement in an incident which occurred in August of 2014 near Big Lake in Noble County. Lemmon was appointed as a Trooper on June 13, 1999, as a graduate of the 57th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. During his career, Lemmon has served the Department as a Field Training Officer, a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon and in 2004 he distinguished himself with a life-saving effort and was awarded the Silver Star, the second highest honor that the Indiana State Police can bestow upon a Trooper. Lemmon is currently assigned to a duty assignment within the Training Division as a Firearms Instructor.