Recipient - Citizen's Award of Merit
May 8, 2008
Travis VanKuren was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and is a 12th grade student at Dallastown Area High School. VanKuren is on the track team, and is involved in the ROTC program.
On April 18, 2007, Springettsbury Township Police were dispatched to the parking lot of Wal-Mart for an attempted abduction. A female was attempting to enter her vehicle when an unknown male subject approached her. The subject claimed to be a police officer and told her to come with him. The subject took her car keys and attempted to handcuff her. The victim resisted and yelled for help.
Travis VanKuren, upon hearing the calls for help, approached and asked the subject what he was doing. As VanKuren got closer, the subject released the victim and fled on foot.
Responding officers located the subject at a nearby bus stop. The victim positively identified the subject. The subject was a registered sex offender, and his intent was to sexually assault the victim.
VanKuren's willingness to risk his own safety and approach an unknown person in need more than likely saved the victim from a violent assault or worse.
Nominated by: Sergeant Tony L. Beam, Springettsbury Township Police Department
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