KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is honoring a trooper who was killed in the line of duty in a special way.

Fallen Trooper Sam Bullard was honored as “Officer Of The Year” at the Blue Line Brotherhood Banquet in Kannapolis.

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In May of 2018, Trooper Bullard was killed during a fiery crash on Interstate 77 in Elkin. The Surry County trooper was pursuing a suspect during a high-speed chase.

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Bullard who was a Wilkes County native was a three-year veteran with the Highway Patrol.

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