A graduate of North Judson-San Pierre High School is one of five Indiana State Police troopers recognized for 25 years of service to their department. Each of the five was a member of the 46th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy that graduated on Nov. 13, 1988.
Superintendent Douglas G. Carter presented awards in the form of certificates and longevity medals to the five troopers.
A Starke County native, Master Trooper Mike Hemphill was assigned to the Lowell Post where he worked Starke and Pulaski Counties. During his career, Hemphill served as a Field Training Officer, was a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, and spent fifteen years on SCUBA. Hemphill is a graduate of the Harley Davidson Police Motorcycle School which allows him to serve the department as one of its motorcycle patrol units since 2007. He resides in Starke County with his family.
The other troopers recognized included Sergeant Wanda Clay, a graduate of Horace Mann High School; Master Trooper Erik Gilliam, a graduate of Roosevelt High School; Master Trooper Lionel Douglas, a graduate of Roosevelt High School; and Master Trooper Dave Eggers, a graduate of Portage High School.