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DEA & LMPD Lawmen Honored With U.S. Attorney’s Award For Excellence In Law Enforcement For Combatting Drug Overdose Deaths

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States Attorney Russell Coleman is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the U.S. Attorney’s Law Enforcement Award are Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Special Agent Nate Mills and Sergeant Tom Schardein, now retired from Louisville Metro Police Department.

“Special Agent Mills and Sergeant Schardein are a case study in how law enforcement should work, tirelessly and collaboratively, without being limited by each agency’s badge, all with the goal of saving lives and preventing further overdose deaths,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman.

The Award commendation presented by U.S. Attorney Coleman to Special Agent Mills and Sergeant (Retired) Schardein recognizes the recipients’ extraordinary service on behalf of the citizens of the Western District of Kentucky for their unwavering determination to save lives.  Special Agent Mills and Sergeant (Retired) Schardein exemplify what it means to be public servants as demonstrated by their investigative prowess and outreach to families who have lost loved ones to drug overdoses. In addition, they have attended countless meetings and seminars working with law enforcement professionals, physicians, social workers, medical examiners, prosecutors, and community members in an effort to raise awareness and ensure the successful prosecution of those that push poison like heroin and fentanyl throughout Western Kentucky communities.     

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky is honoring the extraordinary efforts of its federal, state, and local law enforcement partners across the District.   Additional awards will be presented during the coming months.



Updated October 8, 2020