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Hero of Hope award presented to Benton County Prosecutor

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It's an award that recognizes those who have stretched beyond the call of duty. On Wednesday, the "Hero of Hope" award was presented to Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller.

As graduates of the Adult Drug Court entered the room alongside their families during the special graduation ceremony, Andy Miller also walked in, though unaware he was about to be receive the the award for his commitment and contributions to the area's drug court programs.

 Judge Carrie Rung told the court, if it weren't for Miller the programs wouldn't be the same, or may not even exist at all. The judge added that Mr. Miller stepped out of his role as prosecutor to help, though he says he was glad to become a part of something that helps serve justice.

"We have remarkable statistics. We have drug addicts that finish this program and the vast majority of them don't commit crime anymore and that is not the case with people who become so addicted to drugs who don't get this type of help," Miller said.

Miller says thanks to all the graduates who push for the program's success, funding has been secured through 2011.