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(AP) The Pennsylvania State Police have bestowed the department’s highest honor on a trooper who responded to the fatal shooting of a fellow trooper last year.
Trooper Jason Whitman was awarded the State Police Medal of Honor Friday at a ceremony at the State Police Academy in Hershey.
Whitman returned fire, radioed for help and provided first aid to Trooper Paul Richey after he was shot in the neck in Venango County in January 2010.
Three other troopers received the Medal of Honor, including two who entered raging flood waters in an attempt to save a man from his submerged vehicle in March.
Trooper Raymond Judge, based in Bethlehem, was named 2010 Trooper of the Year for his work on four major homicide cases.
Several New Paltz police officers volunteered time this week to build a wheelchair ramp at the home of injured Officer Robert Knoth.
Knoth and his K-9 partner, Zeus, were involved in a collision with another New Paltz police vehicle last weekend with Officer Joseph Judge, who was also injured.
Zeus, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, was killed in the crash. Zeus had been a patrol/narcotics dog with the department since 2003.
Knoth, 38, has been a member of the New Paltz Police Department for 18 years and a K-9 handler for 12 years.
“He’s the only K-9 handler the department has had,” said Chief Joseph Snyder. Organizations often will donate police dogs, but that time and training is an expense that needs to be discussed with the town, he added. “We’ll wait to see how he heals up and look at what could be done for getting another dog.”
Judge, 24, was released a few days ago and is at home recovering, Snyder said.
Knoth will be confined to a wheelchair for about a month to recover from a fractured hip and other injuries, and is expected home by Thursday.