The American Legion, Department of Indiana is proud to announce the selection of Mary C. Allred (Albion, IN - EMS), Scott Plough (Russiaville, IN - Firefighter) and Clifford E. Hibbs (LaGrange, IN – Law Enforcement) as the 2017 EMT, Firefighter and Law Enforcement of the Year.
The Department of Indiana honors local heroes in the fields of law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services every year in communities across Indiana.
The winner for EMT of the Year was Mary C. Allred.
Allred was sponsored by Post 97 in the 4th District.
Allred was introduced into the EMS field while her husband Bryan was working for the LaGrange EMS. She enrolled in an EMT basic class and continued her education until she became a paramedic. In 1995, after completing paramedic school, Allred and her husband traveled to Louisiana to work for Acadian Ambulance service.
In 1996, they moved back home to Indiana where Allred got a job in the Noble County Sherriff’s Department dispatch office and her husband started back with LaGrange EMS.
Tragically, in December of 1996, Allred lost her husband when a drunk driver crossed the center line and struck the ambulance he was working in. This led Allred to become an advocate for the “Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign throughout Michigan and Indiana. Through the campaign she traveled to schools and fire departments to educate people on the dangers of drunk driving.
Allred continues to teach the awareness of PTSD in the emergency services field to EMS, fire, police and other organizations.
Allred is currently the Director of Steuben County EMS.
The winner for Firefighter of the year is Scott Plough.
Plough was sponsored by Post 6 in the 5th District.
Plough is a firefighter for the Kokomo Fire Department where he is responsible for driving Rescue 1 and keeping accountability of all of the equipment. He also holds a position on our Hazardous Emergency Response Team and has attained numerous fire service certifications.
In addition to serving his community as a firefighter, he also serves our country in the United States Air Force Reserve.
Plough is also active in his community. He has taken part in multiple charitable events including the 911 Slugfest Boxing Match for the Make a Wish Foundation and the EOD Warrior Foundation.
Plough continues to further his training in life-saving techniques such as: Fire Investigator, Rope Rescue Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Confined Space Technician and Vehicle and Machinery Rescue Ops.
The winner of Law Enforcement of the Year is Clifford E. Hibbs.
Hibbs was sponsored by Post 215 in the 4th District.
Hibbs had never a career in law enforcement until a family tragedy changed his mind. His brother had been killed by a drunk driver who was on her third operating while intoxicated charge. He said, “After losing my brother, I began to see things a lot differently. I began to wonder if I could do something to keep others from going through this, so I began to show an interest in law enforcement”.
After taking college courses to become a certified Corrections Officer, Hibbs took a position as a jail officer for the LaGrange County Sherriff’s Department in 1991. Hibbs never lost sight of his goal to become a law enforcement officer. After completing training at the Reserve Academy in Fort Wayne, Hibbs was hired for the LaGrange County Sherriff’s Department.
Hibbs has continued to increase his knowledge of law enforcement techniques to solidify himself as an asset to not only the LaGrange Sherriff's Dept., but to his community. He holds certifications in Close Quarters Combat, Ground Fighting and Krav Maga, which he instructs officers from multiple departments.
Hibbs has also donated time to give back to his community. He has been active in the county’s “Making a Difference Day” which is a program that builds parks for low income housing areas. He has also donned the cape and cowl as Batman during a recent “Halloween with Heroes” event. He said, “Anytime we can make a bit of a positive difference in some of the children’s lives is important. Whether its dressing like Batman or taking part in “Shop with a Cop” each year during the holiday season, it makes a difference”.
The American Legion, Department of Indiana honors local heroes in the fields of military service, law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services, and educators every year in communities across Indiana.
The American Legion is comprised of more than 77,000 military service veterans who have served honorably during times of conflict in defense of their nation and has been active within Indiana since 1919. The Indiana American Legion has represented veterans from every major conflict since World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan within its membership.
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