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Detective earns commendation

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A Bartholomew County sheriff’s detective has been honored for his investigative work at a Taylorsville school bus accident Feb. 27, when two students were struck by a bus.

Lt. Christopher Roberts received a special commendation last week from the Bartholomew County Sheriff Merit Board for his care and concern for all those involved in the school bus accident.

The incident received statewide media attention when two young foster children ran out in front of a Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. bus driven by substitute Dylan C. Graham, and were struck. Graham was able to stop the bus before the rear tires hit the children. Both children were hospitalized, but were expected to recover.

Roberts was one of the first safety officers on the scene, as he lives nearby.

He was recognized by the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. transportation department for his care and concern for the students and for the bus driver at the scene.

Roberts said one of his primary jobs was to interview the bus driver, who was upset over what had happened. The school corporation was appreciative of the way Roberts interviewed the bus driver, he said.

Roberts also was recently honored by Turning Point Domestic Violence Services for many years of service to its annual Dance Marathon charity.

Daniel Davis, president of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Merit Board, said Roberts has been an exemplary officer throughout 20 years of work. He is the field commander of the Water Rescue Unit and took part in the recent search for the missing kayaker in the Flat Rock River. He is a domestic violence investigation coordinator, a liaison with Turning Point, a member of the Fire Investigation Task Force, a member of the child death review board, a training officer and a liaison to the area fraud/white collar crime panel.

Roberts said he was humbled, and a little embarrassed by the award, as he had not expected the attention, he said.

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