The South Carolina Department of Public Safety honored highway patrolmen and telecommunications operators for their service last year, including a Lexington County trooper.
State trooper Gabriel Colbert received the South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year award for 2015. He was chosen from among 10 other nominees from around the state, one from each of the state's 11 troops.
Colbert, assigned to Troop One in the Midlands, was recognized for his efforts in saving the lives of three out-of-state motorists, including a 2-year-old child, during Oct. 4 floods.
Telecommunications operator Shatara Park won the title of Telecommunications Operator of the Year for 2015. She was recognized for her daily work with troopers, law enforcement and motorists.
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SCDPS Director Leroy Smith said the recipients are well-deserving public servants.
"Last year was especially difficult for our men and women who serve and protect," Smith said.
Col. Mike Oliver with Highway Patrol said he is thankful for and supports those who risk their lives and protect the public every day.
"We are indebted – as an agency and state – to the men and women on the front lines who put their lives on the line each day to keep us safe and to support personnel who stand behind them," Oliver said.