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John Copeland received PennDOT’s Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT's highest recognition, which is presented annually to employees who characterize the transporation agency's values of service, performance and integrity, and represent a variety of organizational positions.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Age: 36

Noteworthy: Copeland received a PennDOT Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT's highest recognition, which is presented annually to employees who characterize PennDOT's values of service, performance and integrity.

Residence: Ford City

Family: Fiancee, Sara McDonald; daughter, Ava Copeland, 2.

Occupation: Transportation construction inspector supervisor for PennDOT.

Background: Copeland has been in his position since 2010 and has worked with PennDOT since 2002. He is an Army veteran.

Education: Copeland graduated from Kiski Area High School in 1995.

Quote: “I am honored to be recognized by my peers for the work I do here at PennDOT District 10-0. What I like most about my job is the opportunity to work around great people here at District 10-0 that enable me to excel in my work.”

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