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Gilley designated a Distinguished Hoosier

Gilley designated a Distinguished Hoosier
Gilley designated a Distinguished Hoosier
Gary Gilley is given the Distinguished Hoosier Award on behalf of Gov. Eric Holcomb at the start of the Harrison County Council meeting Dec. 28 by Scott Fluhr and State Rep. Karen Engleman. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

Harrison Countian Gary Gilley was honored last month as a Distinguished Hoosier as he retired from public service.

“His service to the people of this country and this county extended from the roads of Harrison County to the jungles of Vietnam,” said Scott Fluhr, chair of the local Republican party as he presented the award on behalf of Gov. Eric Holcomb.

The award was presented at the beginning of the Dec. 28 Harrison County Council meeting.

“He served a tour in Vietman with the United States Army, where he received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart,” Fluhr said. “He was honorably discharged from the Army as a sergeant.”

Gilley also served 20 years with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., including more than four of those as chief deputy.

“He is finishing up his fourth year as Harrison County coroner and also presently serves on the merit board of the sheriff’s department,” Fluhr said.

The Distinguished Hoosier is one of the highest awards given by the state to those residents who have uniquely brought admiration and respect to the state through their character and accomplishments.