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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

Maplewood, MN June 14, 2010

Maplewood Responder Award  to officer Julie Olson

On Monday June 14th at 7:00 PM the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) presented Officer Julie Olson of the Maplewood Police Department with it's National Law Enforcement Officer Citation (a plaque mounted citation) for wounds received as a result of criminal activity on September 7, 2009, in the incident where Officer Richard Crittenden of the North St Paul Police Department was killed. Officer Crittenden's family was presented with a MOPH citation on March 24, 2010. Officer Olson's presentation was delayed so she could attend a national ceremony for Officer Crittenden in Washington DC. The ceremony was conducted during the Maplewood City Council Meeting. Pictured left to right are: Department Sr. Vice Commander Bill Lilledahl, Police Officer Julie Olson, Department Jr. Vice Commander and Department Service Officer Mark Browne, and Department Commander Wally Lind.


National Junior Vice Commander Bill Hutton, himself a retired Los Angeles Homicide Detective and attendee to Minnesota's Department Convention, stated "I would like to pass on my thoughts about how important the First Responder Program is to law enforcement, fire and EMS services personnel. The First Responder Program honors our fallen and wounded men and women who fight domestic terrorism on a daily basis. I would like to thank Harry Smart for his program development and implementation and all past and present National Commanders who helped initiate and maintain the First Responder Program. Further, I would like to commend the Department of Minnesota for organizing a wonderful tribute to their wounded First Responders who were "wounded in action".

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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