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Tenn. officer named a national Top Cop

Officer Lorin Johnston shielded a fellow officer with his body


By Steve Hardy
Chattanooga Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Kneeling over the injured police sergeant, Lorin Johnston shielded his fellow officer with his body after suffering gunshot wounds to his own back and leg.

For his actions during the April 2, 2011, gunfight that killed Chattanooga police Sgt. Tim Chapin, Johnston will be honored by the National Association of Police Organizations as one of the country's 10 Top Cops.

"Johnston's courage and loyalty, despite his own injuries, make him a living testament to the outstanding qualities found only in America's Top Cops," the National Association of Police Organizations wrote.

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