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Monroe Co. Undersheriff receives Purple Heart medal after being shot

Monroe County Undersheriff Andrew Forsythe was awarded a Purple Heart medal Monday, 21 years after he was shot in the line of duty. (Photo: MCSO)

Rochester/Henrietta, N.Y. (WHAM) - Monroe County Undersheriff Andrew Forsythe was awarded a Purple Heart medal Monday, 21 years after he was shot in the line of duty.

On December 4, 1996, Forsythe was out on patrol around 3:20 p.m. when he stopped a vehicle at Stonewood Village on East Henrietta Road for a loud muffler.

As Forsythe walked up to the vehicle, a man in the passenger seat tried to get out of the car and run. While Forsythe attempted to stop him, the suspect turned and shot Forsythe with a handgun. Forsythe was hit multiple times and was seriously injured, but able to radio for help.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Sheriff O'Flynn issued a statement about the ceremony.

“For Drew to not only fully recover from serious injuries but rise through the ranks and ultimately be appointed undersheriff is a testament to his tenacity.” said Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn. “This speaks volumes to his character and determination as in individual. He is a shining example of the quality of people we employ at the Sheriff’s Office”
It is for his dedication to duty and devotion to the community that Undersheriff Andrew P. Forsythe was awarded the Purple Heart medal.

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