Law enforcement officers in Kalispell and Flathead County went above and beyond the call of duty to recover stolen military medals belonging to a Vietnam War veteran.
Greg Smith reported a shadow box containing his late brother's military uniform and medals was stolen from his frame shop on Jan. 9. Court records say the suspected thief tried to pawn some of them and scattered others around town.
Flathead County Sheriff's Deputy Colten O'Connell found James Smith's Purple Heart by searching a snow bank with a metal detector.
The recovered medals were reconditioned and other items were replaced, including James Smith's dog tags.
The Daily Inter Lake reports officers gathered Tuesday to return the medals to a grateful Greg Smith.
Police Chief Roger Nasset says it was an honor to recover the medals.