At just 28 years old Springettsbury Township Police Office Cory Landis has already distinguished himself as an outstanding officer, both on and off duty, according to his chief.
Landis was named Springettsbury Township Police Department's 2013 officer of the year at an awards ceremony Wednesday afternoon.
"Everything I do I've learned from someone else," he said. "I owe everything I am to them."
Landis is a patrolman on the midnight shift, but handles information-technology issues and initiatives for the department, including creating detailed maps of township apartment complexes and neighborhoods. The maps are designed to give responding officers as much geographic information as possible, Landis said.
Full dance card: He also plays the bass drum in the York County Police Pipes and Drums corps, is a certified accident reconstructionist and serves on the York County Quick Response Team.
"He's a good kid and a good cop," Police Chief Tom Hyers said. "I'm really proud of him."
Landis' family — including nearly 4-year-old daughter Mackenzie, parents Nan Hanna and Gary Landis, siblings and other relatives — cheered when Hyers announced Landis had been chosen to receive the department's top honor.
Hanna was so proud of her son she made the "woof" noises first popularized by the old Arsenio Hall show.
Second award: Landis, along with Patrolman Jesse Trout, also received chief's commendations for reviving an unresponsive man with CPR.
Landis graduated from Dover Area High School in 2004, then graduated from York Technical Institute in 2006 with a degree in public safety administration. He spent a year as a York County sheriff's deputy in 2007 before being hired by Springettsbury in 2008.
"I had a good job with the York County Sheriff's Department, but I wanted to be on the street," he said.
Now, he feels he has found a second family.
"I'm not going anywhere," Landis said.
Mentor: Also honored Wednesday was Sgt. Tony Beam, who was voted 2013 mentor/role model of the year by his fellow officers.
"He had overwhelming support," Hyers said, adding Beam heads up the department's criminal investigation division and is on call 24 hours a day.
"There's arguably no greater compliment," Hyers said of the award.
Beam said the honor is especially meaningful because his fellow officers chose him.
Saved girl: Patrolmen Ryan Thomas and Chad Moyer were honored with chief's commendations for saving a young girl trapped in a perilous situation, according to Hyers.
Two young township children had wandered off and were missing on a day when temperatures were in single digits and snow covered the ground, the chief said.
One child was found safe, but the other child was found clinging to a bent-over sapling partially down an icy vertical drop that led to a creek, Hyers said.
The chief said he wanted to call a helicopter because he felt it was too unsafe for officers to try to climb down, but Moyer and Thomas convinced him there was no time, he said. The two officers scrabbled and struggled down the dangerous slope to rescue the girl.
"That little girl is alive today because of Chad Moyer and Ryan Thomas," Hyers said.
Others honored: A number of other township officers were honored for their work during 2013.
Receiving letters of commendation were Lts. Daniel Stump and Todd King; Sgts. Tony Beam, Brian Wilbur, Stefan Kochansky and Richard Thompson; Cpls. Brian Alu, Gregory Hadfield and Justin Kinard; Detectives Ray Craul, Ogden Dickerson, Christopher Ford and Russell Schauer; and Patrol Officers Jason Coyle, Wiliam Hazeley, Scott Altland, Thomas Wales, Rebecca Schiffhauer, Joseph Winkowski, Jeffrey Leer and Daniel Klinedinst.
Receiving chief's commendations were Patrol Officers Scott Altland and Jennifer Kennedy.
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