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Officers to receive Medal of Merit honor

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 4:06 am

Two Audrain County deputies and one Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper will be awarded a Missouri Medal of Merit by Gov. Eric Greitens during a ceremony in Jefferson City on Saturday, October 28. They are being recognized for their heroics during an incident at the Heritage Apartments in Farber in October 2016.
Those to be honored include Audrain County Deputy Sheriff Derek Chism, Deputy Sheriff, Brian Hollensteiner, and Trooper Austin Kings.
Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller nominated the men for the honor.
During the incident, the men were dispatched to Farber after a report of an armed man holding a woman against her will at an address not known at the time.
After they investigated and were able to determine the residence, they came in contact with the armed man who had an illegally modified shotgun. It was later learned that the man was on parole for murder.
After the suspect refused to obey commands and he approached the officers, he was shot multiple times.
After shooting the man, the three men rendered medical aid on the same man they feared could have shot them.
No one else was injured during the altercation.
“First, the willingness of members of two different agencies to work so well together,” Sheriff Oller said in a public statement on Facebook.
“That really isn’t all that uncommon for Audrain County Sheriff’s Deputies and the State Troopers assigned here. The color of the uniform and the patch on the sleeve really don’t matter here. Second, and more interesting, was the fact that these men felt fearful they would be shot, and yet rendered life saving aid to their would be assailant. This action is truly in the best spirit of what we do.”