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Former police chief shot in the line of duty receives Purple Heart

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A former Iowa police chief shot during a pursuit is now being honored for his actions.

Sumner chief Dennis Cain was shot three times in a chase trying to catch two men who robbed the Maynard Savings Bank in 2012.

He was shot in the neck, chest, and his thumb was nearly blown off.

Cain was forced to retire from the department because of his injuries.

Now, he's being awarded with the Purple Heart from the American Police Hall of Fame. 

Cain says a number of other law enforcement agencies nominated him for the award. It goes to officers who have died or left mostly disabled after injuries sustained on duty.

He says the honor is bitter sweet.  

"I'm real honored that you know they acknowledged it but it does bring back, of course every day it brings it back because I still have shrapnel all over my body," says Cain. 

Jeremiah Mumford and William Clayton were arrested for the crimes and are serving a 75 year prison sentence. They will be up for parole in 35 years.  


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