For the second consecutive year in a row, Pennsylvania troopers have something to be proud of.
Governor Tom Corbett recently announced that, for the second year in a row, a Pennsylvania trooper was named by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as the Target Police Officer of the Year.
State Police Trooper First Class Timothy A. Strohmeyer of Blair County received the award, Corbett said, because of “heroic actions” and his “profound sense of duty.”
Strohmeyer was thrust into the spotlight when, last December, a man went on a shooting rampage in Geeseytown, Blair County. Throughout the incident in which four people died and a number of people were wounded, Strohmeyer, said State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, “exhibited great personal courage” as he attempted to stop the killer and eliminate any additional threat to members of the community.
Strohmeyer, along with two other troopers, first arrived at the scene upon being dispatched to reports that a man was shooting people. The three troopers passed the suspect en route to the scene, as he was driving opposite them in a pickup truck. As the troopers passed the pickup truck, the suspect fired shots into both cruisers, resulting in one of the troopers sustaining injuries to his face and eyes as a result of glass fragments.
At that point, Strohmeyer turned his cruiser around and began pursuing the pickup truck, with the third trooper in his cruiser close behind. At the same time another trooper was heading to the scene, the suspect intentionally rammed his pickup, head-on, into the cruiser, disabling both vehicles.
Strohmeyer then rammed his cruiser into the back of the suspect’s pickup truck while the suspect emerged from his truck and fired at Strohmeyer, striking him in his chest and wrist. Even after being struck, Strohmeyer drew his service weapon and returned fire until he stopped the suspect.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the world’s oldest and largest membership organization of police executives, boasting more than 20,000 members in over 100 countries. The IACP partners with Target to recognize the exemplary heroism of service members all over the world.
Strohmeyer also received the department’s Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart award in 2013 and was selected as the department’s Trooper of the Year in 2012.