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Former Leawood police officer named recipient of Crystal Kipper and Ali Kemp Memorial Award

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Every year during National Crime Victims' week a local person is honored for their work protecting children.

This year Craig Hill was the recipient of the award.

Hill worked for the Leawood Police Department for 33 years. Then about five years ago, Hill moved to the National Center for Missing and exploited Children.

The U.S. Attorney's Office presented Hill with his award, which was named in the memory of two young women who were victims of horrible crimes. It is called the Crystal Kipper and Ali Kemp Memorial Award.

Crystal Kipper was kidnapped and murdered in 1997 after her car broke down on Interstate 29. Ali Kemp was murdered in 2002  while working at a neighborhood swimming pool in Leawood.

The award ceremony was held at The Power and Light District Wednesday afternoon.

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