Local deputy receives prestigious Chamberlain Award

Deputy Robert Cooper and Major Chris Lane; photo courtesy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Sheriff Robert A. Cooper graduated from the 217th class of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy on Saturday, May 18th. Sheriff Matt Myers says that due to Cooper’s extraordinary display of leadership, his 141 peers at the academy nominated him to be the recipient of the prestigious Joshua Chamberlain Award.

The Chamberlain Award is named in honor of Joshua Chamberlain, an American college professor from the State of Maine, who volunteered to join the Union Army during the American Civil War. Chamberlain is best known for his gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

“I am extremely proud of Deputy Cooper for his hard work and dedication. “He is another example of a quality person who has chosen to serve the citizens of Bartholomew County,” said Sheriff Myers.

Deputy Cooper is a native of Franklin and retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service.