LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - Five Michigan State Police troopers have received a Bravery Award for their connection to the Oct. 13 chase following a bank robbery in Ravenna.
Sgt. Christopher Bush, Det. Sgt. Joseph Young, and Troopers Willie Buie, David Cardenas and Mitchell Dyer received the award Sept. 13 for "their diligence and perseverance under uncommon circumstances and for going beyond what is typically expected of most law enforcement officers," according to an MSP news release.
The robbery and chase was the same incident that resulted in the deaths of Walker Police Officer Trevor Slot and the two bank robbers -- Chris Cheyne and Darryl LaFave.
Cheyne and LaFave were armed during the chase, which traversed three counties after they left the Ravenna bank, and shot a gun from their vehicle at law enforcement.
Slot was killed while trying to lay down spike strips in an effort to stop the chase.
The statement from MSP says the five officers honored "knowingly placed themselves in danger" when they entered the chase and that their actions were "in the highest traditions of the Michigan State Police."
Buie has been with MSP since 1987, Bush since 1995, Cardenas since 1999, Dyer since 1998, and Young since 1995, according to MSP.