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NPD Officer selected for state award for valor

NACOGDOCHES, April 11, 2013--The Nacogdoches Police Department was notified this week that Officer John Allen has been selected to receive the Texas Law Enforcement Achievement Award for Valor.

The award was approved by the Board of Commissioners of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) at a meeting on March 21.

According to a report posted on the TCLEOSE website, “Nacogdoches Police Officers were searching a residential area for a shoplifting suspect that had fled a local grocery store in a vehicle. Officer John Allen came upon the suspect’s wrecked vehicle at the bottom of a tree lined hill.  The vehicle had struck the trees at a high rate of speed and the suspect was trapped and severely injured.  The engine of the car was in flames and the lower dash area of the interior passenger compartment was becoming engulfed with heavy smoke.  Officer Allen, with a local citizen, and a volunteer firefighter forcibly pulled the trapped and injured suspect from the burning car.  Officer Allen’s continued search for the suspect and quick actions kept the suspect from perishing.  It is for placing his life in serious danger to save another person that Officer John Andrew Allen is awarded the State of Texas Achievement Award for Valor.”

The award will be presented to Officer Allen at a ceremony at the Texas Capitol in Austin on June 13.

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