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]."