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Valor in the line of duty

Officer Vern Jefferson awarded medal for courage under fire

March 12, 2013
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Nov. 2, 2012 was the worst day in Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper's 20-year career in law enforcement. And in a strange way, it was also the best. It was the day he heard Officer Vern Jefferson utter two phrases over the radio that filled him with dread: "Shots fired," Jefferson said, followed by "I'm hit."



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