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Troopers honored for 30 years

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Two Indiana State Police troopers with local ties recently were honored for reaching 30 years of service.

Lt. Mark Davis and Sgt. Robert Hedger were honored by the state police in ceremonies in late January. Both live in Bartholomew County, according to Indiana State Police news releases.

Davis, of the ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, and Hedger, a squad leader, were members of the 41st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy, graduating in December 1983.

Hedger was presented with a certificate and uniform pin recognizing him for his 30 years with the department.

Upon graduation from the academy, Hedger was assigned to the Seymour District, where he served until the merger with the Versailles district four years ago.

Hedger is a 1975 graduate of Columbus East High School, and he attended Brigham Young University for two years. Before joining the Indiana State Police, Hedger worked in the family business (Hedger Construction) doing concrete street paving and curb and gutter construction, according to a news release.

During his career with the state police, he served as a member of the Underwater Search and Recovery Team for nine years as a team member and instructor. He has served as a member of the Emergency Response Team and was a team leader on this specialty team as well. He has also served as a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon. In 1988 he was promoted to sergeant and served as the Seymour District public information officer. Hedger currently supervises a squad of troopers.

Hedger and his wife, Cindy, have five grown children and four grandchildren and live in Bartholomew County.

Davis was assigned to Lowell District in northwest Indiana after graduating from the academy. He transferred to the Seymour District two years later, where he worked Bartholomew County.

Davis was promoted to squad sergeant in 1992 and to lieutenant in 2003 and served as the Seymour District commander. In 2010 after the merger of the Versailles and Seymour districts, Davis transferred to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

During his career, Davis has served in the High Performance Vehicle Patrol, Tactical Intervention Platoon (both as a squad leader and South Zone commander), defensive tactics instructor and field training officer coordinator.

Davis, a native of Fort Wayne, earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and corrections at Ball State University.

He and his wife, LuAnn, have a son, Adam, who is a junior at Indiana University. They live in the Columbus area.

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