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Washington State Trooper Named National Trooper of the Year

KENNEWICK, Wash.- In February, a state trooper from Kennewick was named Pacific Northwest Trooper of the Year.

Now, she's the National Trooper of the Year.

Last summer, a quick DUI stop by Trooper Kelly Kalmbach quickly turned into a gun battle that's left her on disability ever since.

Last week though, Kalmbach was named Trooper of the Year for the U.S. and Canada.

She's one of more than 50 nominees for the award, and the first female to ever win the award.

She says that adds even more to the honor she's feeling right now.

"It was amazing, it was amazing. I'm very proud, I'm very proud. I'm very humbled because they're so many troopers that were nominated in this, one from every state was nominated, and then they narrow it down to all four regions voted by the ICP was pretty darn amazing," she said.

The incident that got her nominated left her with no nerves in left forearm, but she still her goal is to get back out on the road one day.