The IACP and Target are proud to present the
2013 Police Officer of the Year
Trooper Timothy Strohmeyer was honored at the IACP Foundation Gala on Saturday night October 19, 2013 in front of 400 attendees from the law enforcement community and the private sector. Additionally, he was recognized in front of the IACP membership on Monday morning, during the First General Assembly of the 120th Annual IACP Conference.
Left to right, Mr. Ralph Boelter, Vice President of Corporate Security, Target Trooper First Class Timothy Strohmeyer, PA State Police Chief Craig Steckler (ret.), Immediate Past President, IACP
Officer of the Year
Trooper First Class Timothy A. Strohmeyer
Pennsylvania State Police, Troop G, Hollidaysburg, PA
Summary of Incident
On December 21, 2012 Trooper Strohmeyer and Trooper Nazurak responded to a shooting incident in which a suspect had shot several people. While en route to the incident, Trooper Strohmeyer and Trooper Nazurak encountered the suspect fleeing from the scene in a pickup truck. As both troopers passed the suspect, he fired several shots, striking both of their vehicles.
Trooper Strohmeyer immediately gave chase to the suspect vehicle, while Trooper Nazurak retrieved a patrol rifle from his trunk. Corporal Campbell, who was also responding to the incident, encountered the suspect vehicle a short distance from Trooper Strohmeyer. Upon seeing Corporal Campbell’s patrol car, the suspect swerved the pickup into his lane, accelerated, and crashed head-on into the patrol vehicle. The impact pinned Corporal Campbell in his vehicle and ignited a fire in the engine compartment.
As Trooper Strohmeyer arrived at the scene of the crash, he immediately saw the suspect exiting his truck and made a decision to drive his vehicle into the rear of the suspect’s truck to divert the suspect’s attention from Corporal Campbell. Upon impact, the suspect charged Trooper Strohmeyer’s patrol car, firing multiple rounds from a .357 magnum handgun at him. Trooper Strohmeyer was struck in the chest and left wrist but was able to return fire, striking the suspect. Fortunately, Trooper Strohmeyer was wearing protective body armor was not seriously injured from the gunshot that hit him in the chest.