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Montana officer named federal agency’s Ranger of the Year

May 28, 2019

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has named a Montana-based officer as the 2018 Ranger of the Year.

The Missoulian reported Monday that Ranger Kelly Cole was awarded the honor earlier this month at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Cole is the bureau’s only law enforcement officer in the Missoula area. He has worked as an officer for the bureau since 2007.

The federal agency says Cole was recognized for his work in training officers as well as how he peacefully resolved an encounter with a man threatening violence in November 2018.

Cole also was involved in the effort of finding a 5-month-old baby who was abandoned in the woods of western Montana in July 2018.

Cole says he is humbled by the award.

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Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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