• Oct 28th 2013 at 2:40PM
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A state trooper in Pennsylvania earned the highest award in law enforcement ten months after he helped end a gunman's murderous rampage.

The award came after Trooper Timothy Strohmeyer helped stop a an unemployed trucker who was on a deadly rampage, according to ABC News. The man, Jeffery Lee Michael, opened fire inside of a church in Frankstown Township, Pa., last December. He killed three bystanders and fled. When he spotted officers speeding in the opposite direction towards the carnage, Michael opened fire on the cruisers. Ignoring bullets and broken glass, troopers Strohmeyer and David Navaruk turned around and gave chase.

Another trooper, Corporal Kevin Campbell, came head to head with the chase while speeding towards the church. Michael hit Campbell's cruiser, wedging the officer inside his vehicle. Strohmeyer then rammed Michael's vehicle in an attempt to draw gun fire away from the trapped officer.

Shocking dash cam footage shows the chase and impact. Strohmeyer was shot several times in the chest and once in the left wrist by Michael. Luckily, the officer was wearing a bulletproof vest. Michael died from the officer's gunfire.

Ten months to the day of the shootout, Strohmeyer received the International Police Officer of the Year award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

"His courageous actions in the line of fire last December – when he placed his own life at great risk in order to save the lives of those around him – exemplified the very best of what it means to be a public servant," ABC reported Attorney General Eric Holder said at the conference. "He is a hero in the truest sense of the word. And it's an honor to join the IACP in celebrating such a prestigious and well-deserved [honor]."





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      memaw7824
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congratulations!! May God keep you safe!!
      efvann
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good man, that Trooper. He was doing the job he was hired to do. And doing it far beyond so many others in law enforcement.
      frankdlu
      • 1 Year Ago
      GOD BLESS HIM. BRAVO....KNOWING YOU ARE OUT THERE HELPS US BELIEVE IN OUR SAFETY. I'M SURE MANY OF YOUR OTHER TROOPERS HAVE THE SAME INTESTINAL FORTITUDE. THANK YOU
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well wait for a special report when they uncover this cop. . is really a dirty cop like most you will see the report with then 3 weeks. stay safe do watch out for the blue piggies killing gang.
      liondog96
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing special about any cop. They have discriminated me my entire life and many of them I grew up with who committed violent crimes are cops today. They get so man and full of vengeance when you are over them. Don't feel so bad, they don't feel so bad in regards to the pension you're not getting. Show your appreciation and send congress a letter in reference to privatizing law enforcement.
        StevePete64
        • 1 Year Ago
        @liondog96
        Thank you trooper from protecting us against creeps like Liardog
        jwn7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @liondog96
        Dog yes as in lying dog...lion, not so much if at all.
        hpycmpr155
        • 1 Year Ago
        @liondog96
        Please go crawl back under your rock.
      Anthony
      • 1 Year Ago
      God Bless You Trooper, we are so proud of you. Tony
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obama would have had to have more info before going after the shooter.....he would have needed a couple of days to get everything he needed before proceeding........Thank God for people like Timothy.
        dave and mary
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill
        And then he would have 1) blamed Bush; 2) said "I'm not aware of what happened."
      Gerrie
      • 1 Year Ago
      God bless these men!
      fecoyle
      • 1 Year Ago
      God bless him! What a hero!
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