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

Posted: 4:26 PM, Jul 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-17 14:48:35-04

LIVINGSTON- A Park County sheriff’s deputy injured in an April head-on collision 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.