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MT deputy injured in head-on collision receives Purple Heart medal

Posted at 3:09 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 17:09:27-04

LIVINGSTON – A Park County Sheriff’s deputy injured in a head-on collision in April was awarded a Purple Heart medal Wednesday in Livingston, according to Sheriff Brad Bichler.

Deputy Brian Elliott-Pearson arrived home from the hospital last week for the first time and was presented with the medal and a plaque, the sheriff posted on Facebook.

Elliott-Pearson underwent three surgeries for injuries he sustained when he was struck by a passenger vehicle that veered into his lane on Highway 89 south of Livingston.

The driver of the other vehicle, Shawn Schmitz, died in the wreck.

The Purple Heart is given to law enforcement officers injured while performing their duties.

As many of you know, Deputy Brian Elliott-Pearson was severely injured in a head on vehicle crash while on patrol April…

Posted by Park County Sheriff's Office, Montana on Wednesday, July 3, 2019