State trooper receives heroism award

Posted July 22, 2008 1:01 p.m. EDT

— A North Carolina state trooper received an award for heroism Tuesday morning for rescuing hostages inside a Jacksonville Wal-Mart earlier this year.

Trooper Chris J. Matos apprehended an armed man who took several employees hostage on March 23. He got the suspect to surrender and was able to arrest him.

Matos has served with the patrol for about five years. He received a similar honor less than two months ago.

Tuesday's ceremony was held at the Charlie Rose Agriculture building on East Mount Drive in Fayetteville.