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Trooper from Statesboro Post Receives Valor Award for Multi-County Chase in March

Pictured L to R-POAG Pres. Hodge, Col. Wright, Tpr Ramirez, Gov. Kemp, Attorney General Carr & Tattnall Co. Sheriff Sapp. [Photo: Georgia Dept. of Public Safety]

A Trooper involved in the multi-county chase of a vehicle driven by a man with a kidnapping victim inside was recognized for his service today.

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Trooper Aaron Ramirez received the Valor Award on Monday morning at the Peace Officers Association of Georgia’s annual conference in Savannah.

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The award, which is handed out under narrow circumstances, Recipients of the award are not those who merely “do a good job” responding to a call, but instead recognize those who go “beyond the ordinary to protect Georgia’s citizens and property, or who contribute significantly to the public safety profession.” The POAG Executive Committee receives nominations for award recipients and ultimately makes the selection.

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Ramirez was nominated by Tattnall County Sheriff Kyle Sapp for his pivotal role in saving the life of a woman who was taken from a home in Tattnall County in March of this year. The kidnapper led law enforcement from three counties on a lengthy chase that ended on Interstate 16 in Bulloch County. The driver fired shots at law enforcement throughout the chase, one of which grazed Trooper Ramirez as he attempted to execute a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver.

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Governor Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr were present when Ramirez was given his award, as was Department of Public Safety Colonel Chris Wright, Tattnall County Sheriff Kyle Sapp, and POAG President Chris Hodge.

Ramirez is assigned to Post 45 in Statesboro.

Jessica Szilagyi
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Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gzYAZT

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