LaGrange County Dispatchers Honored (VIDEO)

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

February 17, 2014 Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM EDT

LAGRANGE, Ind. (21Alive) - Two LaGrange County 911 dispatchers have been honored for their actions related to the capture of an escaped Michigan Murder convict earlier this month.

Heather Lock and Kelly Landers were awarded with Meritorious Service Awards at Monday's LaGrange County Commissioners meeting for their bravery, decision making and teamwork Feb. 2 that helped in the apprehension of Michael Elliot.

Elliot stopped at a Middlebury, Ind., gas station while on the lam. A clerk at the gas station called 911, and Lock advised the clerk to run to lock herself in the bathroom. Meanwhile, Landers called the Elkhart County, Ind., Sheriff's Department, which served as a big tip in the ongoing search for Elliot.

"Although this was a very dangerous situation, both 911 Dispatcher's remained calm and kept the female caller safe," the LaGrange County Sheriff's Department says. "It is without doubt, that the instructions given to the victim likely saved her life and allowed for her safe return to her family just hours after this tragic event unfolded."

Elliot was captured less than 24 hours in LaPorte County, Ind.

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