Statement as issued by the Indiana State Police post in Peru:
Indianapolis – Recently, the Indiana State Police Department held an awards and recognition ceremony in Indianapolis. The ceremony honored and recognized individuals from around the state for their dedication to service, bravery and devotion to the department, and the citizens of Indiana. Those individuals chosen were employees of the Indiana State Police Department and other public safety agencies.
The idea for this event was conceived by Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell, Ph.D. Superintendent Whitesell felt the need to publicly recognize the achievements and deeds of self sacrifice and accomplishment that all too often go without the proper recognition.
Master Trooper Jan Maller, who works from the Indiana State Police Peru Post, was recognized as the 2011 Trooper of the District for dedication to his job, traffic and criminal enforcement, community involvement, instructor ratings, specialty assignments, and other services performed for the department beyond normal expectations. He was selected by the command staff at the Peru District. Maller is a 26 year veteran of the Department who patrols primarily in Wabash County.
Trooper Andy Renbarger, also assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru District, received the Indiana State Police Life Award for his commitment to removing impaired drivers from Indiana roadways. In 2011, he led the Peru District with 112 impaired driving arrests. This was the fourth most in the state. Renbarger is a five year veteran of the Department who patrols primarily in Grant County.
Sergeant T.J. Zeiser received the Indiana State Police Life Saving Award for his contribution to saving the life of a Peru, IN man. On December 23, 2011, Sgt. Zeiser responded to 2326 South Business 31 in Peru, IN, reference an unresponsive man who had possibly overdosed. Upon arrival, Sgt. Zeiser observed the man lying on the floor. The man's eyes were rolled into the back of his head and he was not breathing. Sgt. Zeiser attempted to find a pulse, but after not locating one, he started cardio pulmonary resuscitation with chest compressions. Peru Police Officer Greg Martin arrived with an automated external defibrillator (AED). As Officer Martin was applying the AED, Sgt. Zeiser reassessed the man's condition and located a faint, inconsistent pulse. He also observed labored breathing. Once the AED was applied, the instrument located a pulse and did not recommend an emergency shock. Paramedics arrived and took over the life saving efforts. Medical personnel transported the man to Dukes Memorial Hospital where he made a full recovery. Sergeant Zeiser is an 11 year veteran of the Department. He supervises troopers who work the late shift from the Indiana State Police Peru Post.
"The quality of work performed by these troopers is second to none," stated Lieutenant Jeremy Kelly, commander of the Indiana State Police Peru Post. "Their commitment to keeping the citizens and visitors of Indiana safe is deserving of the recognition bestowed upon them."