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In 19 seconds, Antigo Police Officer Andrew Hopfensperger saved a school and a community. On Friday, Hopfensperger was named a Top Cop,

The presentation was made at a special awards dinner hosted by the National Association of Police Organizations at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. Presenter was actress Kathryn Morris, best known as Detective Lilly Rusch in the CBS series Cold Case.

Hopfensperger was honored for his actions one year ago, when he stopped a troubled young man who shot at and struck two people leaving the Antigo High School prom. In just a handful of seconds, the officer, who was patrolling the parking lot, assessed the situation, drew his weapon and responded to the threat. The shooter was killed.

The presenter said he had just 19 seconds, Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller, who also attended the ceremony, said. It’s a terrible situation all-around. The potential of what could have happened if Officer Hopfensperger hadn’t stopped it is tremendous.

Hopfensperger has received a myriad of honors since that night, but the Top Cops award is in a rarefied national class.

We were the smallest department there by far, Roller said.

Other departments honored at the ceremony include Phoenix, Chicago, Indianapolis, Boston, Massachusetts State Police, Linden, New Jersey, New York City, Syracuse, N.Y., and Oregon State Police.

The purpose of the Top Cops Award is to educate the American public about the nation’s heroes and to pay tribute to law enforcement officers in federal, state, county, tribal and local agencies from across the country for actions above and beyond the call of duty during the preceding year.

Top Cops are nominated by fellow officers. An independent Awards Selection Committee compromised of national law enforcement representatives selects from hundreds of nominations, with one Top Cop chosen from each of the 50 states and U.S. territories.

Officers from the top ten cases are selected as Top Cop award winners. In each remaining state, one case has been selected for which the officers receive Honorable Mention awards.

The National Association of Police Organizations is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States and was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action and education.

Founded in 1978, the organization is the strongest unified voice supporting law enforcement officers in the United States. It represents more than 1,000 police units and associations, and more than 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers who share a common dedication to vigorous and effective representation on behalf of the nation’s law enforcement officers.
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From left, Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller and Officer Andrew Hopfensperger with Cold Case actress Kathryn Morris, who presented the Top Cop award.

Antigo officer among the 'Top Cops'
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In 19 seconds, Antigo Police Officer Andrew Hopfensperger saved a school and a community. On Friday, Hopfensperger was named a Top Cop,

The presentation was made at a special awards dinner hosted by the National Association of Police Organizations at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. Presenter was actress Kathryn Morris, best known as Detective Lilly Rusch in the CBS series Cold Case.

Hopfensperger was honored for his actions one year ago, when he stopped a troubled young man who shot at and struck two people leaving the Antigo High School prom. In just a handful of seconds, the officer, who was patrolling the parking lot, assessed the situation, drew his weapon and responded to the threat. The shooter was killed.

The presenter said he had just 19 seconds, Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller, who also attended the ceremony, said. It’s a terrible situation all-around. The potential of what could have happened if Officer Hopfensperger hadn’t stopped it is tremendous.

Hopfensperger has received a myriad of honors since that night, but the Top Cops award is in a rarefied national class.

We were the smallest department there by far, Roller said.

Other departments honored at the ceremony include Phoenix, Chicago, Indianapolis, Boston, Massachusetts State Police, Linden, New Jersey, New York City, Syracuse, N.Y., and Oregon State Police.

The purpose of the Top Cops Award is to educate the American public about the nation’s heroes and to pay tribute to law enforcement officers in federal, state, county, tribal and local agencies from across the country for actions above and beyond the call of duty during the preceding year.

Top Cops are nominated by fellow officers. An independent Awards Selection Committee compromised of national law enforcement representatives selects from hundreds of nominations, with one Top Cop chosen from each of the 50 states and U.S. territories.

Officers from the top ten cases are selected as Top Cop award winners. In each remaining state, one case has been selected for which the officers receive Honorable Mention awards.

The National Association of Police Organizations is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States and was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action and education.

Founded in 1978, the organization is the strongest unified voice supporting law enforcement officers in the United States. It represents more than 1,000 police units and associations, and more than 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers who share a common dedication to vigorous and effective representation on behalf of the nation’s law enforcement officers.
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From left, Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller and Officer Andrew Hopfensperger with Cold Case actress Kathryn Morris, who presented the Top Cop award.
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