Former officer accused of lying about purple heart
by Rebecca Johnston and Megan Thornton
April 30, 2013 12:36 AM | 8708 views | 9 9 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Holly Springs police officer Shane Ladner is no longer employed with the police department. Ladner allegedly falsified his record to gain entry to a parade last November that provided honorees with an all-expenses-paid whitetail deer hunt.
Holly Springs police officer Shane Ladner is no longer employed with the police department. Ladner allegedly falsified his record to gain entry to a parade last November that provided honorees with an all-expenses-paid whitetail deer hunt.
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A Holly Springs police officer whose wife lost her leg in an accident in Midland, Texas, last fall during a parade honoring veterans wounded in action is no longer employed with the department.

Allegations surfaced in the media Monday when Fox 5 News in an I-Team investigation revealed former field training officer Shane Ladner allegedly falsified his record to gain entry to the parade last November, an event sponsored by a Texas-based nonprofit that also provided honorees with an all-expenses-paid whitetail deer hunt.

Holly Springs Police Chief Ken Ball said Monday that while Ladner is no longer employed with his department and no active investigation is under way, he did notify Cherokee’s District Attorney Shannon Wallace, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office of the situation.

“Allegations arose three to four weeks ago that Shane gave false information to get into the parade, and he did not have a Purple Heart,” Ball said. “Other than talk, we have no evidence at this time.”

Ball said that his office had attempted to contact the military to get details of Ladner’s record since the allegations arose.

Ball said that when an applicant with military experience applies with the police department, proof of an honorable discharge must be provided, and Ladner did provide that form and it was verified with the military.

“Whether he had a Purple Heart and his actual service record are not a part of that process,” Ball said.

Ladner was on 12 weeks of paid family leave following the accident and another 12 weeks without pay, but still held a position with the police department until April 5, Ball said.

When that time was up, Ball said the department attempted to make contact with Ladner and his attorney, but after failing to reach either, the department sent a certified letter April 5 saying he was no longer employed.

Over the last several months, a handful of fundraising events were held in the couples’ name to raise money for medical expenses incurred by Ladner’s wife, Meg Ladner, including a pancake breakfast and golf tournament.

She recovered for several months at Atlanta Medical Center after the parade float that she and her husband were riding on was hit by an oncoming train, injuring 16 others and killing four.

Friend and event organizer Julie Klein Cassidy said Monday the allegations made by Fox 5 News are “terribly unfair.”

She said neither she, nor the Ladners, wanted to comment further.

According to an initial release from Holly Springs police prior to the parade, Ladner served as an Army police officer and was wounded twice in combat, which ultimately led to his retirement from active duty.

The release also stated he was given “awards for valor” in times of warfare.
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Beretverde
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May 02, 2013
Looks like another cop, ALA Mickey Lloyd (Silver Star Purple Heart)con.
AnonymouInGA
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May 02, 2013
Maybe people should wait to get all the details verified before they make any judgements. The story shows that the original DD-214 from his first service did not show a purple heart, but later a DD-214 shows the purple heart. These awards are not given immediately after something happens, it take time to get them processed. Maybe the award was done after the first DD-214 was done and that is why it is not on there.

Give them time to get all the documentation together and then let the record show the truth. If he did lie, then he will have to face the punishment. If he is telling the truth, then the news media will owe him a very public apology.
Reality_Check_Time
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May 06, 2013
His bogus DD214 does not match what is in St. Louis, and if this is the case, he is a liar and also a thief, as his obtaining a Purple Heart plate in GA by presenting false documentation constitutes a felony, and he can also be charged with tax evasion, as he will owe the state department of revenue for all the years he got a pass on his ad valorem claiming to be a "war hero".

If he is truly innocent, he would be shouting from the rooftops, and going on the offensive. Any legitimate person would. But this is not the case. We are talking about a crooked cop who thinks he is entitled to a pass, lies about his military service so he can get a free ticket, and then hides when asked about his deceptions.

How ironic that his own greed and lies are ultimately what cost him his wife's leg. Had he not been telling lies and committing forgeries, he might not have gone on that trip. She and her family are the true victims, what a shame Ladner is to his family. He betrayed everyone.

He is as bad as the 9/11 firefighter who was never there, trampling around the nation telling tall tales about pulling out victims from the ruins of the twin towers in NYC.

and they both belong in prison, where they can exchange their many stories about saving their imaginary heroes.
dustoff
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April 30, 2013
Something is fishy, if he presented a DD214 the Police Dept. should have a copy of it in his personnel file and if he was Army all of his awards and decorations should be listed on the 214.

And if he lied then he can be prosecuted under the Stolen Valor act.

BPK
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April 30, 2013
The Stolen Valor Act was struck down, remember? Sad, but true.
Jay H
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April 30, 2013
Guys, that is one of the worst, most convoluted ledes in the inglorious history of the MDJ. Try this:

"A Holly Springs police officer is no longer employed by the city after he falsified his military record, claiming a Purple Heart he never earned."

"Tragically, his wife lost her leg in an accident at a parade for wounded veterans. It was a parade she would have never participated in if her husband had not lied about his military service."
Samuel Adams
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April 30, 2013
My sympathy to the wife, who's been dragged into an ages old phenom. Why a service member has to embellish his record...whether it was for his own ego, for a free deer hunt, or whatever. Now he has to live with the fact that his lie ultimately caused his wife to lose her leg.

She is the one who sacrificed here. Seems like he's probably being punished enough.
1legup
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May 06, 2013
Hey Sam,in none of the articles concerning this tragedy did it mention anything about the wife a mental disorder.Given that fact, she was on that float willing! She knew that her had (IF in fact he did) falsified his record. While it's sad that ANY of this happened, the wife is in charge of her own actions.
anonymous
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April 30, 2013
They call it "Stolen Valor". It's discusting to all military members both retired and active. The military is a vastly large group of society and lying and cheating are extremely looked down upon. People that get caught commiting "Stolen Valor" are detested, loathed, and disgraced. Get the picture. They are hated for taking the Valor that they didn't earn and bragging about it!!!

Military members expose it and stamp it out whenever they find it, the Stamping isn't nice.
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