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Two USM officers receive awards

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USM Police Officer Jared Pierce (left) received a life-saving award and Detective Jason Powell was awarded the Medal of Valor Tuesday. USM Police Officer Jared Pierce (left) received a life-saving award and Detective Jason Powell was awarded the Medal of Valor Tuesday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Two Southern Miss police officers have been recognized for outstanding service to their community.

Officer Jared Pierce has received a life-saving award for his help in rescuing a motorist who sought shelter on the campus during the Feb. 10 tornado.

And Detective Jason Powell has been awarded the Medal of Valor for his work in disarming a person on campus last November.

"In this particular case, these were things that showed their actions to be exemplary," said Bob Hopkins, chief of Southern Miss Police. 

The officers got their awards Tuesday during a staff council luncheon.

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