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Corydon officer's award no joke

May 21, 2014 | 11:28 AM

On April 1, Corydon Police Officer Mark Bye received a phone call from Donna Lloyd, executive director of Comfort House Child Advocacy Center, saying that he'd won a statewide award from the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

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"Being April 1, I thought she was joking," Bye said.

She wasn't joking.

Bye, who has been with the Corydon Police Dept. since 2007 and prior to that was an officer with the Crawford County Sheriff's Dept. starting in 1999, received INCASA's 2013 Criminal Justice Award at the organization's 2014 conference on April 25 at the Wyndham Resort in Indianapolis.

"I'm pretty humbled by it," Bye said. "They said that normally the award is given to prosecutors and judges, so for me to get it is pretty exciting."

Bye ate lunch with former National Football League quarterback Don McPherson (Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Oilers) before accepting the award, which came with a small, glass trophy with a clock encased inside.

The award recognized Bye for his dedication and service when it came to child advocacy.

"I'm very humbled and honored to receive the award, but the real people who deserve the award are the victims who have to be put through something that effects them for the rest of their lives, yet they are able to still move past it knowing that after a prison term the person who assaulted them could come back and haunt them again," Bye said. "I'm a certified child interviewer, and I'm not sure how they are able to move past that type of trauma. It's something that is with them forever."

Bye is the school resource officer for Corydon Elementary, Corydon Intermediate and Corydon Central Junior and Corydon Central High schools when the schools are in session and patrols the streets of Corydon when they are out of session.

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    Mark Bye
    May 22, 2014 | 09:43 PM

    I appreciate what you do. Our children do need the protection that our law enforcement gives. I think it is wonderful you received the award. Congratulations.

    Cheryl Proctor
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    Mark Bye
    May 23, 2014 | 07:39 AM

    Thank you for your service to our community and our children, congratulations on your award. You are very special!!!

    Vickie Dirck
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    May 23, 2014 | 09:22 AM

    Thank you for a job well done. You deserve this award. Congratulations Officer Bye.

    Florence Hedges
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    May 26, 2014 | 01:41 PM

    I think you are a valuable asset to the community. I know that you truly care about the children. Thank you for what you do.

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