Three officers who stopped an armed home-invasion robbery before it could become even more violent were among the dozen York Area Regional police officers honored recently for outstanding service during 2012 and the first half of 2013.
Officers Curtis Hempfing, Adam Cohick and Donald Hoshauer Jr. were awarded chief's commendations for their work in arresting Trevor M. Jones, 20, of New Kensington, Westmoreland County.
According to police, the officers were called to a home on Main Street in Red Lion about 10:40 p.m. Oct. 28, 2012, for a reported break-in in progress.
At the scene the three officers learned a gunman was on third floor and were able to arrest him without incident, police said.
Mask, knife gun: "Further investigation revealed that (Jones), a previously convicted rapist, had entered the apartment with a ski mask and armed with a gun and knife and ordered" and man and his daughter to turn over their valuables, according to a news release about the awards.
Jones then tried to tie them with tape before being stopped by the officers, police said.
In Jones' possession when he was arrested were "several items that indicated an intent to commit sexual offenses during this home invasion," police said.
Jones remains in York County Prison on $75,000 bail, charged with offenses including robbery, burglary, simple assault, making terroristic threats and possessing instruments of crime.
Hempfing, Cohick and Hoshauer and nine other officers were honored Nov. 13 at the York Area Regional Police Commission meeting.
Burglary thwarted: Officer Michael Sampere was awarded a chief's commendation for thwarting a burglar at the Springwood Golf Club, 601 Chestnut Hill Road in York Township, about 4:15 a.m. Nov. 22, 2012.
Sampere was on routine patrol and decided to check the club. Inside the building he spotted a burglar in the process of rummaging through drawers and vandalizing the building with a baseball bat, police said.
Sampere called for backup and was about to turn his K-9 partner, Brando, loose in the building when the burglar ran outside and was captured, police said.
Life-saving award: Sampere and Officer Brian Dalkiewicz received life-saving awards for their work in helping a man who suffered a heart attack while bicycling in the 2700 block of South Queen Street about 4:30 a.m. June 22.
When the officers arrived on the scene, they began CPR. It was later determined the immediate CPR saved his life, police said.
Three arrests: Seven officers were awarded chief's commendations for their work in arresting three suspicious-looking men seen lurking outside White Jewelers in the St. Charles Way Center in York Township on Oct. 2, 2012. They are: Sgt. Weyth Barley, Detective Donald Hopple Jr., Cpl. Daniel Miller and Officers Steve Sanders, Paul Steinfelt, Scott Longnecker and Mark Price.
Longnecker, Price, Steinfelt and Miller stopped two of the men. Sanders arrested the third man, who had run into a field and pulled out a loaded .40-caliber handgun, police said.
Hopple and Barley recognized the men from an earlier investigation, and all three men were charged with numerous offenses, police said. One was a federal fugitive, another was wanted in Washington, D.C., and the third was wanted in Lancaster County, police said.