State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan presented the department's highest award, the Medal of Honor, to Trooper First Class Timothy Strohmeyer, Troop G, Hollidaysburg, for his heroic efforts during the December 21 shooting rampage in Geeseytown, which left four people dead.
That day Troopers were dispatched to reports of a male subject shooting people in the area of Juniata Valley Road, Frankstown Township. Trooper Strohmeyer, Trooper David Nazaruk, and Corporal Kevin Campbell were first to arrive in the area. While en route to the scene, Troopers Strohmeyer and Nazaruk passed the suspect, Jeffrey Lee Michael of Hollidaysburg, traveling in the opposite direction on Juniata Valley Road. As the suspect passed the Troopers, he fired shots into both cruisers. Trooper Nazaruk sustained injuries to his eyes and forehead from shrapnel and glass fragments.
Corporal Campbell was the next to encounter the suspect. Upon approaching Campbell's position, Michael accelerated his truck and intentionally rammed Campbell’s patrol car head-on. The impact disabled both vehicles.
Trooper Strohmeyer arrived at the scene and rammed his cruiser into the rear of the suspect's truck, diverting his attention. After the impact, Michael immediately charged to the driver door of Strohmeyer's vehicle, firing as he approached. Strohmeyer, who was wearing his issued body armor, was struck in the lower chest area and left wrist.
Noonan says that Trooper Strohmeyer, even after being struck in the chest and hand, drew his service weapon and returned fire until he had stopped Michael.
Strohmeyer also received the Purple Heart and the Trooper of the Year award.
In addition, Trooper Nazaruk received the Purple Heart and Commendation Medal, along with Corporal Campbell who also received a Commendation Medal for this incident.
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