Patrolman Gary D. S. Utter
Springettsbury Township Police Department

Recipient - Award of Valor
May 10, 2007

Patrolman Utter is a five-year veteran of the Springettsbury Township Police Department. He is currently assigned to Patrol Platoon A. Patrolman Utter previously served with the Stewartstown Borough Police Department.

Patrolman Utter was born in Key West, Florida, and is a graduate of the Western Maryland College in Westminster, Maryland. He served in the United States Army from 1992 until 1996 where he obtained the rank of Captain. Patrolman Utter is married with two children.

Patrolman Utter has received several Letters of Commendation, the Chief's Commendation, and the Award of Valor.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2006, Patrolman Utter was dispatched to the 3700 block of East Market Street for a reported structure fire. Patrolman Utter was the first to arrive on the scene, prior to the arrival of the Fire Department.

Patrolman Utter advised other responding units that the building was fully engulfed in flames. Aware that there was an apartment on the top floor of the building, Patrolman Utter located the apartment door at the rear of the building, which was open. Patrolman Utter ascended the stairs to the second floor, encountering heavy smoke conditions.

Patrolman Utter called out, asking if anyone was in the apartment. A female voice answered, stating she was in the apartment and on the floor. With smoke banked down to within six inches of the floor, Patrolman Utter entered the apartment, calling to the female to crawl towards his voice. Patrolman Utter located the female in the apartment and discovered she was unable to walk. Patrolman Utter carried the female out of the building to safety prior to the arrival of the Fire Department.

Nominated by: Chief David C. Eshbach, Springettsbury Township Police Department

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