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By Ben Muir 

Cody Litster: from alternate recruit to trooper of the year


November 2, 2017

Ben Muir / Petersburg Pilot

Cody Litster speaking to a hunter about the no-shooting zone on Mitkof Highway.

Trooper Cody Litster was about to pack everything he needed for the day into his truck one Thursday morning when he got a phone call about a shooting in his jurisdiction, 50 miles away.

"It seems like it's all making sense now that I've asked a few more questions," said Litster, on his first call with a school administrator in Kake, who reported the shooting.

Litster, a wildlife trooper, was in Petersburg when he first heard from Kake, a small village with no local police that's two hours away by boat. There had been "someone with a gun, maybe threatening people."

"Maybe the troopers are...

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