Northern Michigan troopers recognized at awards ceremony in Lansing

Troopers Artfitch, Gillis and Pearson received the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award at a ceremony in Lansing on Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy: Michigan State Police)

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- Three northern Michigan State Police troopers are being recognized for their work.

Troopers Jacob Gillis and Brock Artfitch from the Gaylord Post and Trooper Rick Pearson from the Cadillac Post are recipients of the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award.

Mapes, who was an early pioneer in criminal patrol and investigation, was killed in the line of duty during the prohibition area.

The annual award honors the top 5 percent of troopers in each district for looking "past the traffic stop" to excel in proactive criminal patrol and criminal investigations closed by felony arrests.

All three troopers were recognized at a ceremony in Lansing Wednesday.

The troopers received a special service ribbon to wear on their uniform which includes seven blue stars in honor of Mapes.

Mapes was the seventh MSP trooper to die in the line of duty.

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