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NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa -- A North Liberty police officer is receiving national recognition.
Sgt. Chris Shine has been named the "2013 Officer of the Year" by the National Rifle Association. It's an award given to just one officer in the country each year. Shine is the first Iowan honored in the 20-year history of the award.
The NRA gives this award in recognition of an exceptional act or service by a law enforcement officer. Shine's honor comes from his actions on a day most at the North Liberty Police Department will never forget.
On March 10th 2013, Shine, along with two other officers, responded to a domestic disturbance call at Holiday Mobile Home Court.
The suspect, 28 year old Taleb Salameh, locked himself inside the home and started shooting at the officers through a door.
Salameh wounded two officers, including Shine. Despite that, Shine was able to hold his ground and shoot and kill Salameh. An investigation cleared Shine and the other officers involved in the shootout.
Shine says he is honored to receive this award, but it's one that doesn't belong to him alone.
"The whole incident, I wasn't the only one involved. So for me to get selected it's an honor and I have to share it with them because we all played a part in it," said Shine.
Shine has recovered from his wounds. He was back on patrol two months after the incident and in January was promoted from officer to sergeant.
Shine will be honored at the NRA's annual meeting at the end of this month, Shine plans to travel to Indianapolis to receive his award in person.