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Elkhart police officer Jason Tripp, dispatcher Justin Yoder and officer Cody Skipper hold plaques given to them by Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore in the lobby of The Lerner Theater on Sunday, May 4, 2014. (Lydia Sheaks/The Elkhart Truth)
Mayor Dick Moore recognizes Elkhart officers, dispatcher for response to Martin's shooting
Posted on May 4, 2014 at 4:27 p.m.

A crowd gathered to see "Les Miserables" at The Lerner Theatre was moved to stand and applaud before the show even began.

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore brought Elkhart Police officers Jason Tripp and Cody Skipper and dispatcher Justin Yoder on stage shortly before the Sunday, May 4, performance of "Les Miserables."

He praised the three for acting quickly the night of Jan. 15, when Shawn Bair entered a Martin's Supermarket on the northeast side of Elkhart and fatally shot two women.

Skipper and Tripp arrived on the scene within minutes thanks to guidance from dispatcher Yoder, Moore said. The officers shot Bair in the heart. 

"They knew the day they took the oath that this day could come," Moore said. "'Yes, (the officers) were trained. Yes, they were equipped. But the major ingredient that day was them."

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly was also on stage and said it was "a huge honor" to thank the Elkhart officers for their actions. 

Moore presented Tripp, Skipper and Yoder with plaques and asked the crowd to express their gratitude. 

Chairs creaked and the floor shifted as people in the mostly full auditorium rose to their feet and clapped for the three men.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks