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Corporal Seth Kelly named "Trooper of the Year"

Honor came from Int'l Assoc. of Chiefs of Police.

A state trooper shot in the line of duty in Northampton County is getting a big honor.

69 News told you about Corporal Seth Kelly's heroic actions in November, as he clung to life after being shot four times.

Now he's being named "Trooper of the Year" and sharing his story.

Corporal Seth Kelly begins, "I'm just extremely lucky to be here right now."

When Corporal Kelly went to work on November 7, his day was interrupted with a call from a fellow trooper on the side of Route 33 in Northampton County. Kelly answered, and when he got there, bullets started flying from the suspect, Daniel Khalil Clary, 22, from Effort, Monroe County.

"I was shot four times. Once in the femoral artery in my left thigh, twice in my left shoulder and once in the neck area," Cpl. Kelly says.

Clary would end up getting away and driving himself to the hospital, where he was arrested.

Trooper Kelly, would end up in a coma for 12 days.

He says, "I remember waking up in the ICU unit, being advised that I was involved in a shooting and that I was going to be OK."

Chances are, when Corporal Kelly got that call, and bullets started flying, he wasn't thinking about a big title.

He had no idea then the International Association of Chiefs of Police would name him Trooper of the Year.

He didn't know he'd beat out four finalists from across the country to get it either.

His colleagues say, it wouldn't have mattered anyway.

"The strength and the will that he displayed that day, not only at the scene, but during his fight and his recovery while in the hospital, it was something that made myself and made all the members of my department and our community out here in eastern Pennsylvania very proud. He fought to where he needed to be, he's on the road to recovery right now and he's doing amazing," says Captain Richard D'Ambrosio.

Every day, officers like Corporal Kelly get up and put on their badges.

There are the shiny ones that we see.

But it's the badge of courage, we remember.

"I'm very, very proud of him and all of my Troopers and how they responded that day," Cpt. D'Ambrosio says.

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