Trooper William E. Tucker
Pennsylvania State Police

Recipient - Award of Valor
May 11, 2006

Trooper Tucker is a 12-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police. He currently serves in Criminal Investigation at the York Barracks.

Trooper Tucker served in the United States Marine Corps from 1985 to 2001. Tucker served in the Persian Gulf War, and served on the Presidential security detail in Washington, DC. Tucker has received many military awards, including a Bronze Star. Tucker currently serves in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard under the Special Operations Command. Trooper Tucker is married with two children.

Trooper Tucker has received the 2005 Fraternal Order of Police Award for Valor, five DUI enforcement awards, and a Troop Commander's Letter of Commendation.

Trooper Tucker is a Little League baseball coach, and a Home School Cooperative Assistant.

On Wednesday, June 1, 2005, Trooper Tucker was off duty, traveling on I83 southbound approaching the Market Street overpass with his wife and two sons. Trooper Tucker observed a man sitting on the bridge railing with his legs dangling over the side.

Trooper Tucker exited the Interstate, and parked near the overpass. Leaving his family in the vehicle, Trooper Tucker walked up the embankment to investigate. As Trooper Tucker neared the subject, he recognized the subject from a previous mental-health related incident while on-duty.

Trooper Tucker began talking to the subject, who stated he was contemplating jumping. Trooper Tucker attempted to talk him off the railing. The subject stated he would jump if law enforcement approached, so Trooper Tucker did not identify himself as a State Police officer.

As Trooper Tucker continued to engage the subject, a marked state police vehicle approached, which agitated the subject. The subject pushed from the railing in an attempt to jump. Trooper Tucker grabbed for the subject, and wrestled him to the pavement. Trooper Tucker held the subject until medical personnel arrived. The subject was committed to York Hospital.

Trooper Tucker's actions, while off-duty, certainly saved the life of the man at considerable risk to Trooper Tucker.

Nominated by: Lieutenant Patrick Gebhart, Pennsylvania State Police

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