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April 19, 2011MARYVILLE, MO | By: Wayman
Two Highway Patrol troopers from our region are two of 30 the patrol has honored at an awards banquet this past weekend.
Missouri's governor was the keynote speaker, recognizing the patrol employees for various acts of valor. Receiving the lifesaving awards is trooper Jeffrey Day, who was at the Brookfield Police dispatch last October and noticed and inmate during a suicide attempt in his cell. Trooper Day and officers from the Brookfield Police rushed in, cutting the inmate from a belt he was hanging from, retrieved a pocket mask from his cruiser and helped save the inmate's life. Receiving the meritorious service award was trooper Travis Garton of Cameron. Last November as he was off-duty he responded to a citizen report of a domestic violence situation and while he was waiting for the Cameron Police, heard the fight. He found the apartment unlocked and stopped a man from choking a woman. After several minutes of struggle he subdued the man until the police arrived, allowing the victim to flee down a hallway to find her children. The suspect had recently been released from jail for assault, and eventually took his own life while awaiting evaluation.