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Idaho police receive honors

Idaho Falls police chief says too often officers' work goes unrecognized and it's important for the department to highlight their achievements

By Joelyn Hansen
Idaho Falls Post Register

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Police officers expected murder suspect Keith Matthias would run after he jumped out of his car in front of Hawthorne Elementary School the night of Dec. 19. Instead, he walked toward the rear of the car, pulled out a handgun and placed it to his head.

The moment turned intense as the threat escalated in seconds. However, Sgt. Steven Hunt, Officer Joel Tisdale, Officer Gabe Klepich, Officer Brian Smith and Officer Jason Miller didn't flinch as they remained focused on resolving the situation.

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