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Officers honored for roles in shooting
Three members of the Monroe Police Department from left, Officer Christian Hammel, Corporal Jacob Towns and Detective Larry Keegan received Exceptional Service awards for their roles in a shooting in Monroe in July. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - Three Monroe Police Department officers, two Green County Sheriff's Office deputies and a Green County dispatcher received awards for exceptional service during the fatal shooting of a homicide suspect last July. Corporal Jacob Towns, Detective Larry Keegan and Officer Christian Hammel received Exceptional Service awards for their roles during the events surrounding the shooting of Francisco Benitez Santiago on July 22, 2015. Monroe Police Chief Fred Kelley said although the three officers did not themselves shoot Santiago, a review of their actions found they acted above and beyond the call of duty during a high-stakes situation.