Trooper honored for Geeseytown work

A Tyrone native has been named Officer of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

State Police Trooper First Class Timothy A. Strohmeyer, 41, a trooper with Troop G in Hollidaysburg, has been recognized for his actions on Dec. 21, 2012, in Geeseytown while responding to a killing spree by Jeffrey Lee Michael.

Strohmyer, along with Trooper First Class David Nazaruk and Cpl. Kevin Campbell, were the first officers in the area after reports came in that a man was shooting people.

After Michael fired into Nazaruk’s and Strohmeyer’s cars as they drove past him in the opposite direction, Michael rammed his pickup truck head-on into Campbell’s patrol car, according to state police.

The wreck jammed Campbell’s door, but within seconds Strohmeyer arrived on scene and rammed the rear of Michael’s truck with his car. Michael charged, firing his gun at Strohmeyer, who was in his car.

Michael’s shots struck Strohmeyer, who was wearing a protective vest, in the chest and left wrist, police said.

“Even after being struck in the chest and hand, Trooper Strohmeyer drew his service weapon and returned fire until he had stopped the actions of the suspect,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said Friday in a press release. Noonan said troopers like Strohmeyer hit the streets everyday in Pennsylvania to protect people and “they don’t ask for anything but a chance to serve.”

Michael killed three people before he was stopped by state police.

“The expectations for a Pennsylvania State Trooper are beyond compare, from patrolman to crime fighter to counselor – all the while, these courageous men and women must be ready to come face-to-face with deadly situations at a moment’s notice,” said Noonan. “No profession can compare to the difficult decisions that a trooper must make in the midst of chaos.”

Gov. Tom Corbett said Strohmeyer’s actions “exemplify the high standards and profound sense of duty” among the ranks of the state police.

“I am honored to count him among Pennsylvania’s finest,” Corbett said. Earlier this year, Strohmeyer was awarded the state police Medal of Honor and Purple Heart, and in 2012 he was named Trooper of the Year.

The Mid-Atlantic District Exchange Clubs’ State Police Officer of the Year Committee named Strohmeyer, Nazaruk and Campbell as the 2013 Trooper of the Year.

The IACP is based in Virginia with 20,000 members in more than 100 countries. The IACP partners with Target stores to recognize exemplary performance, heroism and bravery in law enforcement around the world.