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South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper up for national award

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper has been nominated for a national award for his efforts in saving two people last October.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper has been nominated for a national award for his efforts in saving two people last October.

Trooper James Tedder is one of four finalists for the 2015 International Association of Chiefs of Police Motorola Trooper of the Year award. The winner will be honored April 1 in Washington, D.C.

Tedder is stationed in Webster. He's nominated for saving two vehicle chase suspects who drove into water, swam away from their vehicle and became fatigued in the cold water.

Tedder is a 10-year veteran of the Highway Patrol. The patrol last December honored him with a life-saving award.

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