Hodge, of IM MSP post, receives Mapes award

Our Town Iron Mountain


IRON MOUNTAIN — Trooper Cole Hodge of the Michigan State Police Iron Mountain Post received the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award at a ceremony Feb. 7 in Lansing.

Mapes, an early pioneer in criminal patrol and investigation, was killed in the line of duty during the Prohibition era. The annual award honors the top 5 percent of troopers in each district for looking “past the traffic stop” to excel in proactive criminal patrol and criminal investigations closed by felony arrests.

Each award recipient receives a special service ribbon to wear on their uniform. It includes seven blue stars in honor of Mapes, who was the seventh MSP trooper to die in the line of duty.

Hodge enlisted with the department in 2015 and graduated as a member of the 128th Recruit School. He and his fiancée live in Iron Mountain.