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Louisiana State Police Colonel Edmonson receives national award

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Col. Edmonson with Sheriff Pusser's Daughter (Courtesy: Louisiana State Police) Col. Edmonson with Sheriff Pusser's Daughter (Courtesy: Louisiana State Police)
Courtesy: Louisiana State Police Courtesy: Louisiana State Police
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson made a round trip Saturday to Adamsville, Tennessee where he was presented with the Buford Pusser National Law Enforcement Award.

The award is handed out annually to an officer who exhibits exceptional leadership qualities. Col. Edmonson was recognized for what he's done to develop partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

"The public could care less, the color of our uniform or the shape of our badge," said Col. Edmonson. "They want to know when they call us we're going to be there, and that was one of the things they keyed in on and said that's what sheriff Pusser was all about. He was about public service, he was about doing the things that he needed to do to make sure our greatest asset, which are our citizens, are taken care of."

Sheriff Pusser served McNairy County, Tennessee from 1964 TO 1970. He was known as a no-nonsense sheriff, walking tall and carrying a big stick. As part of the award, Col. Edmonson met Sheriff Pusser's daughter and got his very own Buford stick.

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