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Maryville officer wins police Medal of Honor

By Kathleen Haughney

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A Maryville police offer took home the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor on Friday in recognition of his work in a domestic dispute case last August.

On Aug. 17, officer Matthew Spaller responded to a domestic disturbance call where a man threatened his ex-wife with a knife unless she handed over a gun that was hidden in the house. The victim was able to escape and as Spaller interviewed her, the husband came toward them, pulled out a gun and fired in their direction.

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