Statement as issued Tuesday by the Indiana State Police post in Fort Wayne:
Fort Wayne, IN -- A Trooper from the Fort Wayne post has recently been honored by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) for his heroic effort back on January 16, 2011 in which Trooper Mike Carroll, who was off duty at the time, saved the life of a Wolcottville woman who was trapped in her burning van after it had crashed into a utility pole in LaGrange County.
According to NAPO, Carroll a five year veteran of the State Police was selected as an Honorable Mention for the prestigious TOP COPS Award. “The TOP COPS were selected from hundreds of nominations by an independent Awards Committee. Officers from the top ten cases have been chosen as 2012 NAPO TOP COPS. This year, there are 35 TOP COPS representing the top ten cases. In each remaining state, one case has been selected from which an officer or group of officers will receive Honorable Mention Awards. This year, there are a total of 54 officers representing 22 states and the International and Federal categories who will receive Honorable Mentions. Trooper Carroll is one of these outstanding officers” NAPO goes on to state.
Carroll has been invited to attend the Nineteenth Annual TOP COPS Awards ceremony which will be held during National Police Week in Washington, D.C. on May 12th. “Trooper Carroll’s efforts exemplify the selfless dedication to duty, whether on or off duty, that Troopers and police officers all across our state demonstrate on a daily basis, and that is why he was nominated as such” said Lieutenant Tony Casto, Fort Wayne District Commander.