Kentucky Guardsmen, Troopers receive Governor’s Medal of Valor

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Story by Capt. Andi Hahn/KYNG Public Affairs Office

Photos courtesy of Kentucky State Police Media Relations

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer (left) and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown (right) presented Tpr. Timothy Mullins (second from left), of KSP Post 13 in Hazard, and retired Tpr. Richard Miller (second from right), of Hazard, with the Governor’s Medal of Valor in Louisville on May 5.

FRANKFORT, Ky.– The Kentucky State Police announced the 2009 Trooper of the Year, the Commercial Vehicle Officer of the Year, two Governor’s Medal of Valor recipients and 46 other awards for acts of bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty today at the Holiday Inn Hurstborne Lane in Louisville.

Trooper  1st Class and Sgt. Maj. Timothy Mullins of Post 13 in Hazard and the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 198th Military Police Battalion, along with retired Trooper Richard Miller, a former Kentucky Guardsman, received the Governor’s Medal of Valor, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an officer of the agency for conspicuous heroism in the line of duty under circumstances of extreme personal hazard. It is awarded only by order of the Governor of the Commonwealth.

Mullins and Miller, also a former Kentucky Guardsmen, received the honor for an incident that occured in June 2006 where they entered a burning building and rescued a stranded man.

More recently on Jan 27, 2010, Mullins was the trooper on location of an overturned vehicle where a woman was trapped.  2nd Lt. John L. McMahan, a Kentucky Guardsman in the same MP Battalion as Mullins, stood in the freezing water rendering aid to the woman for more than half an hour until firefighters arrived to extricate her from her automobile.  Mullins notified the battalion of McMahan’s quick reaction in saving the woman’s life.  McMahan was honored with the Medal of Valor earlier this year.

Mullins, who has been with the Kentucky State Police for 19 years and the Kentucky National Guard for 23 years, said he was honored to receive this award but said he did nothing that any of the other Troopers wouldn’t have done if they had been there.

“I was just at the right place at the right time and did what I was trained to do,” Mullins said.

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