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Friday, June 5, 2009

State Police Recognize Courageous Service With Medal of Honor Presentations

Sergeant Based at Hershey, Former Trooper from Hazleton Honored for Service in Separate Shooting Incidents

HERSHEY, Pa., June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski presented the Pennsylvania State Police Medal of Honor to a current and a former member of the department today for displaying "conspicuous gallantry" in separate shooting incidents.

Sgt. Charles S. Mory Jr., 55, supervisor of the Physical Education Unit in the State Police Bureau of Training and Education, Hershey, Dauphin County, and Tpr. Brian D. Travis, 45, who was stationed at Troop N, Hazleton, Luzerne County, prior to his retirement last month, received the award during a ceremony at the State Police Academy in Hershey.

"The Medal of Honor is the department's highest award," Pawlowski said. "These recipients are excellent examples of the courageous and dedicated individuals who protect the citizens of this state through their service in the Pennsylvania State Police."

Mory, who enlisted in the state police in 1983, was honored for his actions in ending a high-speed police pursuit of a vehicle carrying two individuals on the morning of Oct. 24, 2008. The individuals were suspected of robbing a bank in West Manchester Township, York County.

Police and the suspects exchanged shots numerous times as the vehicle fled north for about 20 miles on Interstate 83, according to police reports.

Mory was off duty and driving home when he learned of the chase from the police radio in the unmarked state vehicle assigned to him as a member of a State Police Special Emergency Response Team.

Pawlowski said that Mory, who was north of the pursuit, secured cooperation from truck drivers and created a "choke point" to force the fleeing vehicle to pass directly in front of his vehicle, which he parked near the intersection of I-83 and Route 581 in Cumberland County. As the suspects passed his location, Mory fired a shot that hit the driver of the vehicle, according to police.

The suspects' vehicle came to a stop in a wooded area off I-83. Police found the driver dead in the vehicle. The other suspect was captured after a brief foot pursuit.

"Sgt. Mory placed himself in harm's way to end this extremely dangerous situation," Pawlowski said. "By establishing the choke point, the sergeant minimized the risk to the public and created a safe location for the fleeing vehicle to come to rest."

Travis, who enlisted in the state police in April 1988, was honored for his actions on Nov. 29, 2006, when he responded from the Hazleton station to a call for assistance from members of the Hazleton Police Department. The officers were involved in a gun fight with a suspect wanted for an earlier drive-by shooting that wounded a 9-year-old boy.

Approaching the scene, Travis heard a Hazleton police officer report by radio that he had been shot and needed help. Travis arrived at the scene and found the officer nearby. He helped the wounded officer into the back seat of the state police vehicle and drove him to a waiting ambulance.

"With complete disregard of his own safety, Tpr. Travis drove into the area of gunfire to come to the aid of a fellow law-enforcement officer," Pawlowski said. "His valor and selflessness are a credit to him and the department."

Including Travis and Mory, only 51 individuals have been presented with the Medal of Honor since it was first awarded in 1970.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Good job, thank you!