UPDATED: Shane Ladner "No Longer With" Department, May Have Falsified Records

The former Holly Springs Police officer may have lied about earning a Purple Heart so that he and his wife could attend the "Hunt for Heroes" in Midland, TX.

Update at 8:59 a.m.: Holly Springs Police Chief Ken Ball released a statement Tuesday morning on Ladner allegedly falsifying his military record:

Following Shane Ladner’s tragic accident on November 15, 2012, in Midland Texas, he was unable to return to work. The city of Holly Springs opted to fill the vacancy in the Police Department in early April 2013. As a result, Mr. Ladner’s employment with the city was separated effective April 5, 2013.

We are aware of the allegations of false documents against Shane Ladner related to his military service. We are investigating what jurisdiction may have authority over these said allegations. We have been in contact with the local, state and federal agencies that would have authority to bring forward potential criminal charges and prosecution once all evidence is presented.


The Holly Springs police officer at the center of a campaign of well-wishes and donations in the wake of the tragic accident that injured him and caused his wife to lose a leg is now at the center of a controversy.

FOX 5 News has alleged that Shane Ladner, who was riding in a parade float with his wife in Midland, Texax, during Show of Support's annual "Hunt for Heroes" festivities when it was stuck by an oncoming train last November, should not have been at the event in the first place.

According to FOX 5, Ladner lied about winning a Purple Heart in Panama in order to become eligible for the "Hunt for Heroes." The veterans organization Show of Support only allows 25 wounded combat veterans to participate in the event each year.

The "Hunt for Heroes" is an all-expenses paid trip which consists of a whitetail deer hunt, an honorary banquet, and a parade recognizing the wounded warriors for their service to the country. It was during the parade that a train struck the float the Ladners were on.

As a result of the accident, Ladner's wife Meg lost her left leg.

Since the accident, the Ladners have received a groundswell of support from the Holly Springs, Hickory Flat, and Cherokee County communities. From simple prayers to financial contributions, thousands of people across the area have done what they could to help the Ladners through this difficult time.

According to the Cherokee Tribune, Holly Springs Police Chief Ken Ball learned approximately three weeks ago that Ladner may have falsified his military records to include a Purple Heart decoration. Ball confirmed that Ladner was "no longer with" the department, but that an internal investigation had not been launched.

Ball did not link the alleged falsification with Ladner's termination.

“Other than talk we have no evidence [of false records] at this time,” Ball told the Tribune.

According to the Tribune, Ladner was on 12 weeks of unpaid leave, following a previous 12-week period of paid leave, until April 5. Despite numerous attempts to contact Ladner or his attorney, the department could not get in touch with him and terminated the officer on April 5.

Ladner's prior military service was confirmed during his application process to join the Holly Springs Police Department, Ball said, but the confirmation process did not include military decorations.

American soldiers are eligible to receive a Purple Heart when wounded by direct enemy action, such as gunshots or shrapnel wounds from explosive devices. 

beretverde April 30, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Another cop caught up in military lies....Mickey Lloyd of APD and Cobb County same deal.
Jeff Wilbur April 30, 2013 at 08:16 PM
It is my understanding that Shane Ladner has a purple heart tag on his automobile. I have not seen it however I have a friend who is close to the family and told me of its existence. As difficult as it is to have a car/truck registered in the state of Ga., I would imagine that someone would have to show proof to obtain a Purple Heart Tag during the registration process. Can anyone clarify the process and how one can be obtained if they were not a true recipient of a Purple Heart?
Johnny Marine April 30, 2013 at 10:18 PM
In a lot of places, you do not have to show much in regards to records. However, all records can be falsified fairly easily. In that case, it is fraud. All you need is a computer and a printer.
Renee Wilson May 01, 2013 at 02:18 PM
You have to take your DD-214 showing the Purple Heart to get the tag.
Johnny Marine May 01, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Then he must have forged it. If that is the case, he is in some pretty deep water with a few different agencies. Forging a DD214 is one offense, obtaining benefits (the plate has some benefits to it) is another offense (fraud). Throw in the trip to Texas for free (fraud) and any other perks, this guy could be in some serious trouble. So tragic. His wife loses her leg all because he is dishonest. She is the real victim. As for the doubters: If your records in St Louis do not have a medal listed, you don't have it. Easy as that.
NYB May 04, 2013 at 05:57 AM
Jeff- we (my husband) had to provide the appropriate documentation stating he was a Purple Heart Recipient. Same thing when obtaining a DV tag. That's what we have been required to provide in order to obtain either one of these plates.
Bob Edgeworth May 05, 2013 at 11:03 PM
The county court house of his home of record should have a copy of his DD-214 if he filed it there it is public record. Mine is on file at my home of record in Tennessee.
People are Crazy May 13, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I think all of you are jumping the gun on this. I believe Fox 5 didn't check their sources well enough. It would NOT be that easy to forge these documents, get a tag, etc. Did it ever occur to you that he truly DOES have a purple heart? It is sad that his wife was injured so badly, and it is sad if this story is just more sensationalized bullcrap trying to find something on someone who is already down. Let's all kick him when he is down shall we??
beretverde May 14, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Really? You might be a bit delusional on this one.
Rasinhell May 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck. Let the DA do their investigation. If there is enough evidence, prosecute. In any event, would you want someone like this armed with a weapon with the authority of the law accusing YOU of a crime? What to do with those cases in which he was the arresting officer/witness? Hummmm????
Barbara Armstrong June 13, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Thank God the Stolen Valor Act will allow him to be prosecuted and jailed for profiting from his lies!
disabled4warvet June 13, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Well now, Being that I was the Force Protection Offier for JTF-B during the time that MR Shane Ladner stated he served there, I think I have some insight..... PHONEY!!!!!! My deployment there is listed on my DD214. My awards from "Living with the Iguanas" are listed there too. I have my "Ski TACAN" tee-shirt and rode the donkeys up the hill to the Isle-La Tegria. MPs did NOT go out on missions, we guarded the base camps for others to go out.
Michael June 13, 2013 at 07:09 PM
How about you keep records, pictures, NCOER's, eye witnesses stays at walter reed or bethesda or other army hospital. This is too easy to prove if you are legitimate
Michael June 13, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Ok lets give him a chance to get the proof like permanent orders, DD214, Line of duty for the incident. hospital records detailing wound or wounds, first hand accounts by eye witnesses, pictures of the awards ceremony, a Noncommisioned Officer Evaluation or counseling statement of the event. Bottom line this would have been a big event that you would have multiple sources of documentation on not just a DD214. Either you are legitimate or not!
Michael June 13, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Amen Brother I am a Purple Heart recipient and have the bullet holes to prove it. I hate PHONEY'S
People are Crazy June 19, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Okay all you haters. I hope you all saw the AJC where he DOES have the proof of his purple heart. I hope he sues the crap out of Cherokee County Sheriff's Department and whoever started this attack on him. I hate JUDGMENTAL people who don't have all the information to even begin to judge (not that it anyone's place to judge), and obviously think they are better than others. It could be YOU on the other end of all that judgment one day. I'm sure you would hope they would give you the benefit of the doubt. Not everyone saves every bullet, paper, etc. from a stint in the military that they would rather forget about. @beretverde was I delusional? Or maybe the papers that he is showing the AJC he created himself on his home computer and they just LOOK like official documents. The V.A. has a record of his Purple Heart. I guess he hacked into their computers and added it to his record. Judgmental jerks. There but for the grace of God go each and every one of you. You can be accused of anything at anytime and people like you will jump on board and start condemning you. I hope that it doesn't but it wouldn't be because you didn't deserve it. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/purple-heart-suspect-defends-honor/nYPDs/
And Your One of Them June 22, 2013 at 08:33 PM
@ People are crazy....if it isn't in St. Louis it isn't there! That article said nothing that everyone else hasn't already said. He found his form he signed saying he was not going to give away any secrets. Lots of vets have that no surprise. Everyone has checked this POS out. The only reason the VA has a copy of that stupid DD-214 is that he gave it to them in November/December. He told everyone he did. did you not hear that? Go get the info yourself through the FOIA. It is there. He can't even produce his Purple Heart or citation and no one he served with has stepped up to defend him. If you are a friend of there's you should enlighten his wife. Wake up! I know it is hard when you have been snowed, but this dummy has snowed you and everyone else he has known. He is a liar.
And Your One of Them June 22, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Lets see who has checked him out...Randy Travis, Military, His former Employer now, Cherokee County DA, Sheriff Dept. IT ISN'T THERE! Let them keep looking and looking and looking like idiots....he LIED he LIED he LIED Liar liar pants on fire...it isn't there.
Peggy Granier June 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM
@People are Crazy keep up your delusional thoughts. Obviously you can't read or reason on your own. Do you really that article in the AJC cleared his muddy dirty name. It my dear was a spin his attorney put out and it made you dizzy. Stop and listen to everyone else, not shame Ladner or John cook. You will then get the truth and I know it might be difficult for you to understand, but try hard and stop being foolish. The world ain't wrong. Only the phoney poser and the little group around him which gets smaller every day. Light and love......
And Your One of Them June 22, 2013 at 11:25 PM
@ people are crazy?! 12-1 your out! Do you understand that MATH! Disabled4warvet thank you for your service. You are one of the Honorable Vets along with the others who served beside you.
Peggy Granier June 23, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Peggy Granier June 23, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Neither are the "group" supporting his lies.
People are Crazy June 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Peggy you have the audacity to sign your post light & love? LOL That implies that you are spiritual. Next time you go to church,or meditate, listen to what is being said or feel true light and love rather than sitting there judging the people around you. Maybe you will learn what true light and love means. Not only are you judging the man, you are judging the people willing to wait until all the evidence is in before condemning him. You are a piece of work and are a true example of why so many have turned away from organinized religion and roll their eyes at "light & love" comments by hypocrite. Don't judge me (I.e. "the people supporting his lies") unless you are ready and willing to be judged. FYI I am not supporting anyone's lies. I am supporting the fact that the man has a DD214 showing he received a purple heart. Period.
And Your One of Them June 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM
@people are crazy....you are crazy. The evidence is in. Everyone seems to have it. What this guy is flashing around NO ONE ELSE HAS! Do your own research, start reading up. Oh I get it everyone else is out to get him? Why because he is so upstanding....everyone in the department he works in knows he is a liar and has lied about everything. Do your own research. You must be dumb like him....dumb and dumber...no one judges but when you lie you can't be trusted about anything....and there are so many lies do you not see them?
Peggy Granier June 25, 2013 at 09:21 PM
It's one he made. It's called counterfeit. Yes, I'm praying that its ends soon. First 2 purple hearts and now one that's lost? His wife told me she saw them. Where I wonder? He at one time had them both hanging in his man cave. He was so proud of what he purchased on the Internet. (But that Was his little secret). Funny now he'll only claiming one. You know there are real people who served and gave their life or received massive injuries - ask him to show his. . Surprise NONE. No scars. Remember it went in his back and came out his stomach. Nothing. Goes alone with everything that comes out of his mouth - lies


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