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OSP Trooper To Be Recognized May 12th As One Of America's Finest At Annual TOP COPS Awards
Elizabeth Loranger
Director of Events
National Association of Police Organizations
(703) 549-0775
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper from the John Day work site was selected to receive special award at the Eighteenth Annual TOP COPS Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The awards ceremony will be held Thursday, May 12, 2011 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Each year since 1994, the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has presented the TOP COPS Awards Ceremony. The purpose of the TOP COPS Awards is to educate the American public about our nation's heroes and to pay tribute to law enforcement officers in federal, state, county, and local agencies from across the country for actions above and beyond the call of duty during the preceding year. Nominations are submitted by fellow officers from whom the top ten cases are selected as the 2011 TOP COPS. In each remaining state, one case is selected for which the officer(s) will receive an Honorable Mention award.
OSP Trooper Marv Ritter will be receiving an Honorable Mention award from the NAPO at this year's awards ceremony. On May 20, 2010, Trooper Ritter saved a 90-year old man from his partially submerged car in the John Day River. The man, Milton Pearlman, had reportedly been in the water for over 30 minutes after failing to negotiate a curve and driving off the road into the river. Putting himself at significant risk in the swollen river water, Trooper Ritter donned a life jacket, tied a line to him and entered the river several hundred feet above the car to perform a swift water rescue. Swimming into the middle of the river and getting carried downstream, Trooper Ritter was able to grab the car and Pearlman. After placing a life jacket on Pearlman, they were pulled back to shore by assisting emergency responders.
Photograph links taken of river rescue valid 30 days:
"Trooper Ritter's response that day was truly heroic as put himself at great risk going into the water to save Mr. Pearlman. The men and women of our Department are very proud of Marv and the special recognition he is receiving from the NAPO," said OSP Superintendent Chris Brown.
Additional information regarding Trooper Ritter's life saving actions is mentioned in this linked news release related to his receiving the OSP "Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award":
The NAPO TOP COPS awards news release and associated information is provided in these links:
Trooper Ritter, age 58, is traveling to Washington, D.C. to accept this special award. He has worked for OSP for over 6 years in the Fish & Wildlife Division at the John Day work site. He had previous law enforcement experience before joining OSP.