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Local law enforcement officers honored for commitment

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Nearly a dozen local law enforcement officers were recognized for their commitment, and for going above and beyond to help local citizens on Tuesday.

"Honestly, I'm a little bit speechless about it," said Andrea Carlson, Grand Blanc Township officer.

She was involved in an armed confrontation back in June 2013. During the incident she was shot in the shoulder. Officer Carlson returned fire striking the suspect multiple times aiding in the arrest. 

 "It's certainly not something I expected. I don't necessarily consider myself a hero. I did my job that day," she said.

The people that were recognized Tuesday said they were just doing their job. They didn't get into this business for awards, but they did say every once and a while a pat on the back is OK.

"To have your hard work and dedication and all the hours, even on your own personal time that you put in to make a difference in peoples lives. Just to do you know, above and beyond and everything is, it is really special, it's really cool to be recognized," said Michigan State Police Trooper Sarah Whitman.  

The Optimist Club of downtown Flint said officer of the year and Law Day are very important.

"Anytime we have a chance to recognize the people who protect us that's a great thing for us in the community. As a security professional it means a lot to me to know that they're out there helping us," said Mike Buckel, president of the club.

The International Optimist Club has been celebrating officer of the year and Law Day since 1965.

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