OFFICER HONORED: Phoukham Tran Receives Award

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A Des Moines police officer received a special honor tonight.

Officer Phoukham Tran was one of four Iowa immigrants and refugees recognized by the “Iowa International Center” this evening.

Officer Tran says he was happy to be honored for his Laotian heritage.

“To  show the community that we are still around here, trying to promote our culture and custom,” says Officer Tran.

Officer Tran was a Des Moines police officer for nearly 30 years before he was seriously injured while helping fair goers cross the street.

Since then he has recovered and continues to get stronger.

Saturday evening he was recognized for the important role he played serving the Des Moines community as a tri-lingual officer.

His son Joe Tran says their family is incredibly proud of their Dad.

“It’s an honor for our family, especially for my Dad, being chosen coming from a Laos refugee camp and all,” says Joe Tran of Des Moines.

The other three honored included a teacher originally from Japan, a doctor from Pakistan and a case manager for refugees from Morocco.

The ceremony presented awards to all four recipients and included an international feast with ingredients from all four of the honorees countries.