An awards program was held on Friday, April 15, at the Indiana Government Center for Indiana State Police employees. During the ceremony, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter and his primary staff recognized three Putnamville Troopers for their work and dedication.
Master Trooper Charles Boller, a 15 ½ year veteran of the ISP was awarded both the Combat Action Award and the Bronze Star Award for his actions on November 27, 2004. Trooper Boller responded to a violent domestic disturbance call involving a mother and son in rural Putnam County. The mother was able to flee the residence, take a position outside the front door of the home behind a fence and call 911. As Boller and other local officers arrived, they were immediately met with gunfire from the son inside the residence. Believing the level of danger was increasing for the mother, Boller initiated a plan to extract her to a safe location. Boller, two Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies, and a Greencastle Police officer safely rescued the female while coming under additional gunfire from the suspect. The suspect eventually surrendered and received a 45-year sentence in the Indiana Department of Corrections. Boller’s award reads in part “Trooper Boller’s actions involved personal bravery and self-sacrifice at a level clearly beyond expectations”.
Trooper Yan Dravigne was awarded the 2015 Putnamville District Trooper of the Year. This award was presented to Trooper Dravigne for achieving outstanding enforcement efforts in the areas of traffic and criminal enforcement, case and crash investigations, and for exemplifying the professionalism and integrity expected of an Indiana State Trooper. In 2015, during various traffic enforcement stops, Dravigne seized a total of $426,030.00 in US currency, 12,264 grams of Marijuana, 1,219 grams of Methamphetamine, and confiscated many other illegal drugs and related criminal items resulting in 228 criminal arrests. This is Dravigne’s third consecutive award for Trooper of the District. He is also the recipient of the ISP’s statewide 2014 Trooper of the Year Award. Trooper Dravigne is an eight-year veteran of the department serving the first four years as an ISP civilian motor carrier inspector and the latest four as a road trooper. During his time as an MCI, Dravigne received the Ray Reed Award for 2010 MCI of the Year and in 2011 the Commanders Award for his outstanding drug interdiction efforts.
Trooper Kyle Hall, a 2 ½ year veteran of the ISP was awarded the 2015 Putnamville District DUI Award for his efforts in combating impaired driving on Indiana roadways.