Elkhart honors Martin's shooting responders

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ELKHART, Ind.--- It's been nearly four months since the Elkhart Martin's Supermarket shooting that took the lives of two women and shook the Michiana community.

Today, a dispatcher and two officers who responded to the call for help were honored by the City of Elkhart.

Dispatcher Justin Yoder joined officers Jason Tripp and Cody Skipper on the stage at the Lerner Theater.

Mayor Dick Moore praised the three responders for their quick thinking the night of the January 15 shooting.

Yoder dispatched the call to the officers who arrived on the scene within two minutes.

”Justin requested pertinent information such as how to access the building, were there any victims, what part of the store were the shots coming from," said Mayor Moore. "At the same time, he was on the air with the officers responding and relaying information to them."

Corp. Skipper and Corp. Tripp entered the store while the shooter had the store manager at gunpoint.

"They immediately responded and entered the building in a matter of minutes, bringing the situation under control and saving the lives of others at the risk of losing their own," Moore said.

Senator Joe Donnelly said the team's quick response saved other lives from being lost.

"Justin, Jason and Cody at the most difficult time, at the most dangerous time, they stood up to defend all of us," said Sen. Joe Donnelly. "Our hearts break for Krystal and Rochelle but we are all better, and safer and better persons for having you in our community. God bless you and God bless the State of Indiana."

The ceremony came before a performance of Les Miserables at the Lerner Theater.

It brought the audience to their feet in applause even before the show began.


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