Salem Police Department announces Officer Keen as 2017 Officer of the Year

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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7)-- The Salem Police Department announced Monday that 25-year-old Cody Keen, of Richlands, has been selected as the Salem Police Department's 2017 Officer of the Year.

The Salem Police Department said Keen "is a young man with a passion for helping others, who also has exhibited a level of maturity way beyond his years."

According to the department, Keen has "helped bring order to two very different crime scenes with his quick thinking and calculated actions in 2017."

"I am very grateful that they think I am worthy of this award, but I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," Keen said. "I know for a fact that every single one of the people I work with would have done the same things that I did."

Keen has been working for the Salem Police Department for less than two years.

According to the Salem Police Department, the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce will formally honor Keen at its annual dinner and gala on March 23 at the Hotel Roanoke.