Bismarck, N.D. – Trooper Jamey Jahner was awarded the North Dakota Highway Patrol Legion of Honor award yesterday at a ceremony in Fargo. This award was established to recognize NDHP employees who, through no fault of their own, sustain personal injury inflicted by another while serving in an official capacity. Thirteen NDHP employees have been awarded the Legion of Honor since its inception in 2000.
On February 11, Jahner was injured while assisting a motorist stuck in the median of I-94 near West Fargo. Jahner was inside his parked patrol car providing traffic control, warning other motorists of the hazard. A passer-by lost control of his vehicle and struck Jahner at a rate of 55 to 60 mph. Jahner sustained injuries to his back and a laceration on the back of his head. Despite the injuries, Jahner notified State Radio of the crash and checked on the motorists involved. He continued to provide traffic control while placing pressure on his head wound until assistance arrived. Jahner has permanent scarring from the laceration and continues to seek treatment for his back injuries.
“It’s an honor to recognize Trooper Jahner for his dedication to the Patrol and North Dakota citizens,” said Col. Jim Prochniak. “Serving citizens as a trooper is challenging and instances like this remind us of the risks associated with the job. In the face of danger, Trooper Jahner remained committed to professionalism and serving the motorists involved.”