2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Officer Hempfing is a five-year veteran of the York Area Regional Police. He is assigned as a patrol officer. He is the recipient of one Letter of Commendation, five Chief’s Commendations, and two Medals of Distinction.
Hempfing was born in Hanover, and graduated with an Associates degree from Harrisburg Area Community College. He is married to Jayme, and has two children, Wesson and Gracelynn. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Hempfing is active in his local church, and holds a Bible certificate from Lancaster Bible College.
Prior to joining the police department, Officer Hempfing conducted a fund-raiser that included him riding a bicycle alone from Virginia to California to raise money for Lyme Disease support.
In 2014, Officer Hempfing was awarded a Medal of Distinction for his performance along with members of his squad at a shooting where he and fellow officers came under gunfire at a standoff that lasted for several hours in sub-zero temperatures, required a Quick Response Team deployment, and eventually ended with the suicide of the shooter who had murdered his girlfriend. He also received two Chief’s Commendations in 2104, one for a stop while on foot patrol that resulted in the recovery of several thousand dollars of stolen items and another where he interrupted a burglary in progress, chased and captured a suspect and eventually three others involved in numerous burglaries.
In 2014, Hempfing made 80 criminal arrests and is always locating wanted persons and serving warrants, while diligently patrolling his post. His fellow officers know that when they hear him in foot pursuit, it is practically guaranteed that no one will get away from him.
Hempfing is a trainer in self-defense for the department and is also trained and assigned as a bicycle officer. He has not used a personal sick leave day during his career, and during two years has had the highest number of arrests in the department. Hempfing and fellow officers handled the additional stress of an accidental off-duty death of their Corporal requiring more dedication and focus through the grieving process.
The manner in which Hempfing represents himself and his genuine concern for the victims he deals with presents an outstanding image for the department.
Nominated by Chief Thomas C. Gross
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