Trooper Mike Carroll from the Ft. Wayne State Police Post was recently been honored by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) for his heroic effort on Jan. 16, 2011 in which Carroll, who was off duty at the time, saved the life of a Wolcottville woman who was trapped in her burning van after it 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 are selected from hundreds of nominations by an independent awards committee,” stated a representative from NAPO. “Officers from the top 10 cases have been chosen as 2012 NAPO TOP COPS. This year, there are 35 TOP COPS representing the top 10 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.”
Carroll has been invited to attend the 19th Annual TOP COPS Awards Ceremony which will be held during National Police Week in Washington, D.C. on May 12. “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 Lt. Tony Casto, Ft. Wayne District commander.