Jasper Post trooper wins award for dedication

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Trooper Nathan Kern, right, was presented the 2018 Ham Matheis award this week by last year's recipient, Trooper Ross Johnson. Both Kern and Johnson are assigned to the Indiana State Police Jasper Post.


JASPER — Indiana State Police Trooper Nathaniel Kern, who is assigned to the Jasper Post, has been named the 2018 Ham Matheis Officer of the Year for Fraternal Order of Police Wood Capital Lodge No. 138.

The award is directed toward law enforcement officers who work in the Dubois County area and are members of Wood Capital Lodge.

Kern, 26, was recognized by his peers for his commitment and dedication to promoting the values of the Fraternal Order of Police, particularly the Wood Capital Lodge. He received the honor during a National Police Week Memorial Dinner Tuesday at the Habig Center in Jasper.

The FOP award is named for Elmer “Ham” Matheis, a City of Jasper meter reader and associate member of the lodge who vigorously promoted the ideals of the Wood Capital FOP lodge and showed dedication to the lodge and the community.

Kern received the honor from Trooper Ross Johnson, the 2017 winner of the Ham Matheis Award.

The honoree is a 2016 graduate of the 76th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. At his graduation, he received the Firearms Proficiency Award from Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter.

Kern previously worked as a jailer at the Dubois County Security Center and, until last month, was a member of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department.

Kern graduated from Jasper High School in 2011 and Vincennes University in 2014, earning an associate’s degree in law enforcement.

Kern patrols throughout the Jasper Post’s seven-county district which, in addition to Dubois County, includes Spencer, Crawford, Daviess, Martin, Orange and Perry counties.

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