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Montana Highway Patrol officers honored with Medal of Valor

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BILLINGS - The Montana Highway Patrol honored its own Thursday afternoon.

Three officers received the "Medal of Valor" at a ceremony at the Billings police barn.

Troopers Trever Chase and Darvin Mees received the honor for their acts of heroism during a stand-off in Laurel.

Chase was shot in the pant leg and boot during the situation but was uninjured. 

Trooper Shane Warehime was awarded the medal of valor for his brave actions during a hostage situation in Joliet.

The department also said an emotional goodbye to long-time trooper Joe Coughlin.

Coughlin, a member of the Montana Highway Patrol for 32 years, retired last year after a cancer diagnosis. 

Loved by everyone he worked with, Coughlin stayed in the same role his entire career and rarely took a day off.

In fact, Coughlin had 2,000 hours of sick time remaining at the end of his career. He was able to use most of that time during his final year in the department.

The trooper said he had multiple opportunities to leave or move up, but he loved his role of trooper and never came close to giving that up.

"My first day in the highway patrol was Custer, Montana, and that was my very first edition and my very first station. Never left. I loved what I did, I didn't do anything wrong, everybody seemed happy about it," Coughlin said, reflecting on his 32 years on the job.

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