Local Law Enforcement Officer Honored for Protecting the Community

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Almost one year ago, a local law enforcement officer almost lost his life in the line of duty.

On Friday night, he was recognized for his courage while fighting for the safety of children.

Cpl. Shannon Loudin of the West Virginia State Police was awarded the 2013 Champion for Children Professional Award during a ceremony at St. Brendan's Catholic Church in Elkins.

Loudin was shot last May while he was visiting William Dumire as part of an ongoing child sexual abuse investigation.

Loudin said he's honored to even be considered for the award.

"You know, there's a lot of people that should have been in line for this award. It's a team effort, we all work 10 different counties, and this is one of the best teams I work with every year," said Loudin. "I wouldn't be anything without my team, I wouldn't be anything without my wife and my family, but I'm honored to receive the award tonight."

The Randolph-Tucker Children's Advocacy Center hosted the event.


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