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Man who coordinated Sarah Foxwell search among honored officers

The Maryland State Police are honoring two officers who played key roles in investigating the slaying of three children last year.

Trooper First Class Gary Bachtell was named trooper of the year and Sgt. Eric Fogle was named noncommissioned officer of the year on Tuesday.

Bachtell is the agency's top polygraph expert, based in Hagerstown. His work led to the confession of Clarence Meyers, a Hancock man who was convicted of setting a house fire that killed his girlfriend's two adolescent daughters in February 2009.

Fogle, of Frederick, is the agency's search and rescue coordinator. He ran the search operations for Sarah Foxwell, an 11-year-old Salisbury girl who was abducted and killed in December.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 8, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Heroes , Maryland  
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