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ISP trooper receives Bronze Star for heroism

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Trooper Nicole Maenza, headquartered at the Indiana State Police’s Lowell Post, has been awarded the Bronze Star, for exceptional meritorious service and heroism displayed in a life-threatening situation after risking her own life to save the life of another.

ISP Superintendent Douglas Carter and the Indiana State Police Board honored Maenza on Friday in Indianapolis.

According to the ISP, at 4:40 a.m. March 7, Maenza was investigating multiple weather-related crashes on a Cline Ave. on-ramp to I-80/90 when she observed a Ford Expedition which had crashed into the sound barrier wall. After checking the two occupants for injuries, Maenza advised them to return to their vehicle for safety reasons until more assistance could arrive at the scene.

Maenza was speaking to the vehicle’s occupants when another vehicle, a Hyundai Sonata, out of control on the snow-covered on-ramp, struck her and the two men, one of whom later wrote in a note of appreciation that he remembers, just before being hit, Maenza grabbing him in warning of the impending impact. “In hindsight he believed (that warning) probably saved him from serious bodily injury,” police said. Maenza, for her part, was “unaware of the severity of her injuries and was still expressing concern for the other two occupants involved in this crash” when assisting troopers arrived at the scene.

Maenza and the two men were subsequently transported to a local hospital where Maenza was admitted for non-life threatening injuries.

“Trooper Maenza’s courage and bravery inspires all of us,” said Lt. Terry Gose, commander of the Lowell Post. “She upholds and exemplifies everything the Indiana State Police stands for.”



Posted 10/29/2018




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