Recipient - Citizen's Award of Merit
May 20, 2010
Bryan Rehm is a resident of Dover Township. He is currently employed as a teacher with the Conewago Valley School District in New Oxford.
Mr. Rehm was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Central Dauphin East High School. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Lebanon Valley College and a Master's Degree in Education from Immaculate University. Mr. Rehm is married, and has four children.
On October 17, 2009 at 3:15 p.m., a 72 year-old female was walking in the parking lot at the West Manchester Mall with her disabled son holding onto her right arm when a subject grabbed the purse from he left arm and ran across the parking lot.
Mr. Rehm was also in the parking lot, and heard the victim scream. He observed the male subject running from the victim carrying a purse. Mr. Rehm pursued the subject, who attempted to strike Mr. Rehm in the head with the purse. Mr. Rehm was albe to subdue the subject, holding him in a "bear hug" until the arrival of police.
The victim was uninjured but extremely shaken, and her purse was recovered intact. The subject was charged with one count each of robbery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
These actions were taken by Mr. Rehm at great personal risk, as he was unaware if the subject was armed, assuming the subject was desperate and should be considered dangerous.
Had it not been for the actions of Mr. Rehm, an arrest of a suspect and the recovery of the stolen purse may never have happened.
Nominated by Chief Arthur D. Smith, Jr., West Manchester Township Police Department
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