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Noblesville Middle School teacher and nurse among those honored by police department

Posted: 6:26 PM, Feb 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-08 18:26:28-05

NOBLESVILLE — Two members of the Noblesville West Middle School staff have been honored by the Noblesville Police Department for their heroic actions during last year's school shooting.

Science teacher Jason Seaman and school nurse Megan Schlueter were given the department's Distinguished Citizen Award, the highest honor Noblesville Police bestow to a civilian.

"Jason Seaman distinguished himself through personal bravery and intrepidness at the risk of his own life without hesitation, as he apprehended an armed assailant in the classroom," said Police Chief Kevin Jowitt. "His extraordinary acts in the face of personal danger and his professional response during the incident are to be commended."

Seaman was wounded, along with student Ella Whistler when another student opened fire in a classroom last May.

In praising nurse Schlueter, Jowitt said, "Megan Schlueter's actions in this incident, while under extreme duress, demonstrated her commitment to providing the highest standard of patient care."

School resource officers Patrolman Michael Steffen and Sergeant Andrew Reiss were given the department's Lifesaving Award for their role in the school shooting.

The Noblesville Police Department's awards ceremony also honored officers involved in other acts of bravery.

Master Patrolman Matthew Johnson and Sergeant Jordan Granger received Medals of Valor for swimming into a pond in chilly weather to rescue a driver whose vehicle had gone into the water.

A Medal of Valor went to Lieutenant Jason Voyak for rescuing a person from a burning apartment.

Detective April Kline and Patrolman Corey McGriff received a Lifesaving Award for pulling a fire victim to safety from a burning house.

The Purple Heart Medal went to Master Patrolman Jason McDermott who suffered serious injuries while attempting to arrest a vehicle theft suspect.