Area DEA Agent Honored In Washington

A Drug Enforcement Administration agent from the Grand Valley is recognized Saturday in a national ceremony for his bravery in the line of duty.

It was one year ago this week when DEA agent Troy Willardson shot and killed 28-year-old Joseph Carroll during a confrontation at Orchard Mesa Bowling Lanes.

Carroll pulled a handgun out during the dispute and that's when the agent fired.

Willardson is one of two federal officers receiving the 2007 top cop award from the National Association of Police Organizations.

Officials with the DEA say that Willardson's heroic actions saved the lives of a fellow officer and 27 preschool children who were inside the bowling alley at the time of the shooting.