Meredith Mays Ward
The IACP and Motorola Solutions Name Pennsylvania State Police Sergeant Adam Kosheba as Trooper of the Year
Alexandria, VA – The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) named Sergeant Adam Kosheba of the Pennsylvania State Police as the IACP/Motorola 2012 Trooper of the Year. Sergeant Kosheba was chosen from four finalists among state and provincial agencies of the United States and Canada for this honor.
“The IACP is pleased to honor those law enforcement officers who tirelessly serve their communities, sometimes at great risk to themselves,” said Walter A. McNeil, Chief of the Quincy, Florida Police Department and President of the IACP. “I applaud Sergeant Kosheba for his heroic actions and appreciate the sacrifices he and the other finalists made to make their communities safer places.”
“Motorola Solutions is honored to be a part of this award. It is a small token of appreciation for these brave men and women that risk their lives on a daily basis,” said Jim Welch, Motorola Solutions senior vice president. “This award provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all the troopers that serve as members of state and provincial police agencies and acknowledge their extraordinary service.”
On June 29, 2011, as part of a task force organized to locate and apprehend an individual wanted on a number of serious charges by the Pennsylvania State Police, Sergeant Adam Kosheba was working alongside other state police troopers, deputy U.S. marshals, and the local sheriff’s office in Berks County. After having discharged a firearm during a dispute with family members, the suspect reportedly fled to a family cabin in a rural area. The task force eventually cornered the suspect, who, after refusing to surrender, opened fire on officers. Several rounds struck and downed Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly, and, as exposed officers were coming to his aid, Sergeant Kosheba fired and fatally wounded the suspect before he was able to get off any additional rounds.
Sergeant Kosheba and another deputy immediately began to render medical aid to Deputy Pagerly, a task which proved to be very difficult because of a protective K-9 defending his handler. The two were repeatedly bitten by the dog, but with the assistance of other officers were eventually able to get the wounded deputy to a patrol vehicle. Because of the remote location and the difficult terrain, EMS personnel could not be quickly brought on scene. Sergeant Kosheba, a former paramedic, provided aid in the rear of the vehicle before reaching a medical helicopter. Tragically, Deputy Pagerly went into cardiac arrest while being airlifted and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Sergeant Adam Kosheba displayed unparalleled bravery and commitment during this incident. His selfless and courageous actions undoubtedly saved the lives of other task force members who were ambushed by a dangerous and armed fugitive. In addition, his tireless and heroic efforts to save the life of Deputy Pagerly were beyond reproach and demonstrated his dedication and commitment.
The other finalists were Corporal D. Mark Hedrick, Missouri State Highway Patrol; Trooper Dwayne M. Stanford, Tennessee Highway Patrol; and Trooper Derek A. Werner, Montana Highway Patrol. To read more about these officers, please visit: http://www.theiacp.org/TOY.
About the IACP
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has more than 21,000 members in 100 countries.
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