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Town & Country officer receives ‘Proud to Serve’ award

Following 12 years of service with multiple police departments and three Awards of Excellence, Town & Country Police Officer Katie Exline was nominated by Police Chief Gary Hoelzer for FOX 2 and KPLR 11’s “Proud to Serve” award. The accolade honors officers who show dedication in helping and serving others.

Exline also was recently promoted to detective, a rank that will go into effect on Dec. 31.

Exline has served with the Town & County Police Department for about seven years. She previously served with the Creve Coeur Police Department.

According to the award presentation, Exline’s service goes beyond her duties as a street officer and a community resource officer. When Exline encountered the same homeless person while on patrol, she personally purchased food and arranged social services to help him get in contact with the proper agencies to help him develop an independent lifestyle. Exline also has spoken at multiple local schools, including an occasion when she arranged a special presentation for a student with a chronic illness and, on her day-off, visited the same student in the hospital.

Exline is a supporter of Camp Fury, a Girl Scout camp led by firefighters, police officers and EMTs that strives to help young girls learn about and experience the daily tasks of working in law enforcement. She has served as a counselor at the camp the past several years.

Exline is a regular visitor at hospitals for families and victims of police shootings, including supporting families supporting the families as they stood vigil. She and her husband both serve as officers in the St. Louis area.

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