Mid-Missouri trooper awarded Medal of Valor

Officer cited for stopping gunman’s escape

For the second time this year, a Missouri Highway Patrol officer has been honored for his heroism.

Sgt. Chris J. Harris, of Troop F based in Jefferson City, was given the Missouri Highway Patrol 2009 Meritorious Service Award earlier this year after keeping an individual from possibly harming a large number of people during a pursuit last year in Mid-Missouri.

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On Wednesday, Harris was one of seven public safety officers from across the state to be given the Medal of Valor from Gov. Jay Nixon in a ceremony in the governor’s office at the Capitol.

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