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Coldwater Post Trooper Receives Meritorious Service Award
LANSING. At a special ceremony in Lansing, Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue presented Tpr. Aaron Steensma of the Coldwater Post with the MSP Meritorious Service Award for his professionalism and diligence and for going beyond what is typically expected of most law enforcement officers.
Steensma was recognized for his role in the investigation of the abduction and murder of Venus Stewart. His initial crime scene response, briefing of responding officers and observations in this case proved to be critical in the successful prosecution of Doug Stewart for the murder of Venus Stewart.
In presenting Steensma with the Meritorious Service Award, the MSP Board of Awards recognizes if not for his sharp judgment and investigative techniques, the case may not have been solved.
Steensma enlisted with the department in 1998, graduating as a member of the 117th Trooper Recruit School. He has served at the Hastings, White Pigeon, Niles and Coldwater posts.