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NPDF Woman of the Year
  The National Police Defense Foundation under the tutelage of Executive Director Joseph Occhipinti is proud to announce that our 2008

Woman of the Year will be PO Leigh Ann Hester of the Franklin, Tennessee Police Department.

A member of the United States Army National Guard, Officer Hester served as a military police officer before being deployed to Baghdad in 2004. Army documents state that Army Sergeant Hester was serving as team leader during a March 20th, 2005 mission outside Baghdad when her convoy came under heavy attack. Hester maneuvered her team through the kill zone then turned around to assault the insurgent's trench lines with grenades. According to fellow soldier's accounts, she entered the trenches with Staff Sergeant Timothy Nein and killed at least three (3) insurgents with her rifle. The unit killed twenty-seven (27) insurgents in the attack without losing a single soldier.

For her bravery in the face of fierce enemy fighting, Sgt. Hester was awarded the Silver Star; the first woman awarded this honor in the War on Terror and the first since WWII. Her citation reads that her actions "saved the lives of numerous convoy members". She was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

It is precisely this level of dedication to duty that makes PO Hester an outstanding police officer worthy of the prestigious National Police Defense Foundations' Woman of the Year Award. This award will be presented on May 1, 2008 at 6:00PM at Russo's on the Bay 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, New York 11414 telephone: (718) 843-5055


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