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Obama to honor Indiana State Police trooper

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An Indiana State Police trooper will be honored by the President of the United States.

On Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. President Barack Obama will honor Senior Trooper Eric Nash during the 2013 National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS award ceremony in the Rose Garden.

Nash is being honored for his actions on scene during a domestic disturbance involving an officer down.

When Nash arrived on the scene off State Road 45 on August 4, 2012, he reportedly discovered Greene County Sheriff's Department Deputy James O'Malley on the ground bleeding from a leg wound.

Michael Lane Jr., 25, had barricaded himself inside of a home and fired at officers upon arrival. According to ISP, Nash backed his vehicle down the driveway toward the house to rescue O'Malley. When he left his car to dress O'Malley's wound, Lane let loose another round of gunfire, damaging the trooper's patrol car.

Nash hid behind a tree and as additional troopers arrived Lane stepped outside of the home and fired more rounds.

According to ISP, after nearly 10 minutes of gunfire, the ERS team used the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team's Robot to go into the home where Lane's body was found.

Nash was modest after the incident stating, "I just reacted to the situation and did what had to be done. There were a lot of officers out there that day. We all had the same goal of being able to go home after shift."

Nash is being given the award for his "ability to keep cool under deadly fire, his willingness to risk his life for a brother officer, and his determination to help put an end to a potentially deadly shootout."

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