The manager of the
Indiana State Policeís regional laboratory in Lowell has been presented with
Indianaís highest honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash.
Paul Fotia, a
retired ISP sergeant with 50 years of service, received the award on Monday
at the Lowell Post, presented to him by ISP Superintendent Douglas Carter.
The Sagamore of the
Wabash award honors those who have made a significant contribution to the
Hoosier state and it is the highest honor the Governor of Indiana can
Fotia was also
presented with a certificate marking his half-century of service with the
Fotia began his
career as a radio dispatcher at the old ISP Schererville Post and served
there from February 1969 through April 1972. He then became a trooper and
was stationed at the old ISP Dunes Park Post until it was closed and the
Lowell Post opened. There he served until November 2006.
During his time
with ISP Fotia not only served as a trooper but was also an Area 1
Investigation detective and in August 1993 was promoted to firearms examiner
in the lab. Fotia retired as a sergeant from the ISP in 2006 and was then
appointed manager of the ISPís regional laboratory in Lowell, a position he
still holds today.
Fotia--who plans to
retire in September--lives with his wife in Lake County.