Recipient - Award of Valor
May 22, 2015
Officer Cohick is a five-year veteran of the York Area Regional Police Department. He is currently assigned to the Quick Response Team. He is the recipient of two Chief’s Commendations, one Medal of Distinction and one Life Saving Award.
Cohick was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Jersey Shore High School. He is married to Kirsten, and has two children, Ella and William. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was previously assigned to Camp David, and served in the infantry. He is the recipient of an Afghanistan Campaign Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon.
On January 22, 2014, Officer Cohick responded to a report of a shooting on South Franklin Street in York Township. Cohick determined that a struggle had ensued inside the residence between two subjects. Cohick assumed a perimeter position outside the residence. Several shots were fired toward him, striking the ground in front of him. Cohick dropped to the ground, and several more shots struck in the area he was originally positioned. Cohick repositioned, and could see the suspect firing more rounds at officers, taunting the officers while shooting at them. Cohick returned fire four times, aiming toward the muzzle flash from the suspect firing at the officers. The suspect continued firing at officers, but not as frequently as he had prior to Cohick returning fire.
It was later determined that the suspect had mortally wounded his girlfriend, and the suspect later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officer Cohick was targeted with shots from a suspect that had shot his own girlfriend, and made threats to officers that they were all going to die. By returning fire, Cohick made it clear that police were not going to leave. Cohick maintained this position in sub-zero temperatures, with wind and a fresh snow on the ground.
Nominated by Chief Thomas C. Gross
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