- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck priest has been honored by the North Dakota Highway Patrol for his service as a Highway Patrol chaplain for the past 11 years.

The Rev. Al Bitz has received the agency’s Colonel’s Award for Excellence. Chaplains are available to assist officers in dealing with stressful situations such as vehicle crashes resulting in injuries or fatalities.

Patrol Sgt. Tom Herzig nominated Bitz. Herzig says Bitz “has been available on a moment’s notice to meet the needs and challenges of the agency and the citizens of North Dakota.”

Bitz retired in June from St. James Basilica in Jamestown. He is now part of the University of Mary’s Mission Advancement Department in Bismarck.

Bitz is one of 15 Patrol chaplains.

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