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Trooper Continued from page 64 amount of family contact and in- " teraction necessary with the fami- lies of the victims," said Marvel during his acceptance speech, April 25, at the state police 2002 awards ceremony in the Dover Downs Convention Center. "At times this was extremely difficult due to the nature of the investigation and from the frustra- tions felt both by the family and myself. However, I can remember the great feeling that I had when I called the family of the victims and told them that an arrest of the three individuals suspected of these crimes had been made and that the body of John Charbon- neau hadfinally been recovered - to give some type of closure to the family." \\; Marvel attribute! not only his own successes but also those of his colleagues to the support his former commander, Capt. Robert Hawkins, and his current com- mander, Lt. John Evans. Hawkins was particularly instrumental in supporting Marvel when he re- opened cold cases, and Evans was especially supportive and encour- aging during the Charbonneau/Sproates ease. After serving as a patrol officer for five years, Marvel joined the Evidence Technician Unit at Troop 4. From there he trans- ferred to the Homicide Unit, where he has served for the past six years. Troop 7 officers lauded In addition to the Trooper of the Year honor, the division also rec- ognized achievements of five civilians and numerous troopers statewide. Several local officers were among those honored. Cpl. Rusty Parker and Cpl. Lar- ry Smith of Troop 7 earned the Exceptional Performance Award. That award is bestowed on troop- ers "who perform significantly above what would be expected in an area or event that is within his or her normal realm of responsi- bilities." Parker and Smith went to a gas station on Route 1 in December 2002, to arrest an employee who was the prime suspect in a theft case. They found the man in the station's office and Smith twice asked him to put his hands behind his back so he could be hand- cuffed. The suspect refused, drew a gun and pointed the barrel under his own chin. Spring Trunk Show 2003 Complete The Look Join us Saturday May lOth from 12-4 pm Smith and Parlr evacut-l the bystanders fr tlie.n used their negotig ls to de' velop a rapport with the suspect, Eventually they were able to con- vince the man tO surrender to them, and no one was hurt. The man was later transported to a mental-health facility, where he received treatment. Sgt. Robert Hudson, also of Troop 7, was honored with the Lifesaving Award. Hudson was off duty and dining at a restaurant in Georgetown in November '2002, when he heard customers and servers yelling that a child was choking. The toddler was al- ready exhibiting signs of cyanosis and becoming lifeless when Hud- son took the child and used the in- fant-style Heimlich maneuver to dislodge toast from the baby's CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2008 - 65 windpipe. After calming the parents, Hud- son took time to teach them how to assist a choking child, and he encouraged them to take the baby to a physician to be examined. "If it had not been for his quick reac- tion, it is unlikely that the child would have survived the choking incident," stated division officials. Some go beyond duty The division conferred an Ex- ceptional Performance Award on Trooper Lance Skinner ofTroo p 4, who in 2002 made a total of i,116 arrests ranging from traffic to criminal charges. Skinner also responded to a bur- glary in progress during April and learned the suspect's former girl- friend had an active protection- from-abuse order against him. Skinner continued ingg and ultimately found'- ing under the girlfriend's home; Skinner charged him with-numer- ous crimes. Three months later, Skinner made a traffic stop prior to the car entering Maryland. During the stop, Skinner found two bags filled with cartons of cigarettes, and while be did more investigat- ing, the suspects confessed to committing numerous other thefts in Sussex County. Two months after that, a citizen offered information to Skinner about an old robbery and shooting case in Selbyville.. When he went to question a suspect, he found the man in possession of drugs. Through the course of their con- versation, the suspect revealed in- Continued on page 66 SCHA Family owned and operated for four generations BelIIIOS FREE COOKING & UTENSILS with GivBaways Stainless Steel Upgrade We also carry great grill accessories. St-' ,.. .. . __,___ 3027644-7700 'I.illi'_UIIII,il Ik ]P__ /RPiuJr]lHUJPi(l$... Midway Shopping Center, Route 1 North (Directly behind the Roadhouse Restaurant) Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm