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Friday, June 12, 2009

Trooper Of The Year Retired After 16 Years

'He deserves trooper of a lifetime'

Bucks County native Joseph Thompson was
recently named the 2008 Trooper of the Year.

Earlier this year, Joseph Thompson was in a restaurant when a man angrily walked up to him and said, "I don't like what you did to me." What Thompson had done was arrest him for dealing cocaine a few years earlier.

Thompson stepped away for a few minutes and, when he returned, the man put out his hand. Thompson said he had expected a sucker punch, but instead got a thank you.

Last week, it was the Pennsylvania State Police who were thanking the Bucks County native, honoring him with the 2008 Trooper of the Year Award.

Thompson, 39, spent 16 years with the state police as an undercover cop and later as a uniformed drug interdiction trooper before retiring in May, just a few months after his fourth life-and-death moment as a trooper. More...

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