Cumberland County officers recognized for outstanding service

BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. (WHTM) – For the past 20 years, the Cumberland County Chiefs Of Police Association has recognized officers who go above and beyond the call of duty.

This year, seven officers were recognized at a special ceremony at the Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse in Boiling Springs.

Detective Gerald Steigleman and Sgt. James Patterson of the Middlesex Township Police Department were recognized for their work on an attempted robbery that happened at the Gulf Station on Route 11 in September 2014.

A suspect entered the store, slashed the clerk’s neck and then tried to steal money from the register. The clerk required 20 stitches in his neck, but has made a full recovery. The suspect, Anthony Simmon of Duncannon, was arrested later that day and is serving at least six-and-a-half years in prison.

“Because of their tenacity, a violent heroin addict was taken into custody within two-and-a-half hours of the incident occurring and removed from the streets,” Chief James Adam of the Upper Allen Police Department said.

Steigleman and Patterson were given the Exceptional Service Award.

“A lot of cases it takes time to solve, however with this one we just got a break and went with it and got the guy off the street real fast,” Steigleman said.

“It feels good to be recognized for it,” Patterson said.

Jeff Franks has been a police officer for more than 30 years. For the past year he has been a patrolman with the Middlesex Township Police Department. He was recognized with the Life Saving Award for performing CPR on a 24-year old woman.

“It is a reinforcement as to what we do every day, and to be recognized by your peers and top law enforcement officers of the county – it makes it all worthwhile,” Franks said.

“With everything that is going on, it is just so important to recognize cops are doing a lot of good stuff out there on a regular basis,” Adams said. “The reality of it is we should have had all the cops of Cumberland County up here.”


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