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Lieutenant Jeffrey N. Vitale, Troop E

Lieutenant Jeffrey N. Vitale, Troop E, is known for asking, "Why can't we do this?" Whether at work or as a volunteer, Lieutenant Vitale seeks to learn from those around him and inspire them to serve. He brought together his passion to serve others with his dedication to running to establish the first marathon run in Poplar Bluff. The event benefitted families of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. In addition, Lieutenant Vitale has participated in charitable boxing matches and running events.

His running experiences allowed him valuable networking opportunities within both the running and law enforcement communities. These experiences inspired him to create the Badge of Honor Benefit Run in July 2014. He then recruited a team of people to help plan the event. Lieutenant Vitale mentored this team as they created an event website, planned food services, designed promotion materials, and established the route for this benefit race. He worked with local officials to coordinate the overall operation of the event, a traffic control plan, and medical services. The Badge of Honor Benefit Run for Poplar Bluff welcomed 147 runners in March 2015. The proceeds of this event were divided among The MASTERS, BackStoppers, and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 48.

Lieutenant Jeffrey N. Vitale is described as a selfless man of integrity, humility, humor, and intelligence. Not only does he serve his community, but he inspires others to do the same. The MASTERS Public Service Award was created to emphasize the importance of public service. The award honors a member whose actions strengthen the Patrol's motto of "Service and Protection." In 2014, that member was Lieutenant Jeffrey N. Vitale, Troop E.

 
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