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Detective receives Mark Vance Award

By Rebecca Pepin
Published On: Oct 17 2013 09:53:55 PM CDT
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

A Kingsport detective is the recipient of a big honor.

Justin McConnell was presented the Mark Vance Award this morning by Sullivan County District Attorney Barry Staubus. 

The award is in honor of Bristol, Tennessee police officer Mark Vance who was ambushed and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call in 2004. 

The award is given out each year to an officer who has gone above and beyond to assist in the prosecution of domestic abusers.

"I'm very honored to get the award.  Never had anything like this before since I have been in law enforcement.  Very honored to get it and very excited to get it," said McConnell.

McConnell has been with the Kingsport Police Department for seven years.  

Before that, he volunteered as a reserve deputy for Sullivan County.