Deputy Sheriff Michael R. Lutz
York County Sheriff’s Office

Recipient - Award of Valor
October 12, 2017

Deputy LutzDeputy Lutz is a six-year veteran of the York County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Response Unit. He previously served in the Central Booking Division. He is the recipient a Life Saving Medal, the Curtis D. Sowers Medal, the Line of Duty Injury Medal, and the Medal of Valor.

Lutz was born in York, and is a 1999 graduate of Red Lion Area High School and a 2001 graduate of the York Technical Institute. Lutz served in the United States Army from 1999 to 2014, and was honorable discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He received three Army Achievement Medals, an Army Commendation Medal for Service in Iraq, and was knighted into the Order of St. George, Patrol Saint of Cavalry. He is a member of the American Legion Post 0001.

He is married to Diane, and has two children, Elijah and Owen. He is active in his local church, and enjoys weight training.

On Thursday June 9, 2016, Lutz and other deputies responded to 974 East Philadelphia Street to assist York City Police with serving a warrant for escape on a subject that was reported to be armed. Deputy Lutz and a city officer were assigned to secure the front of the residence and cover the adjacent breezeways while other officers advanced to the rear of the property.

Lutz positioned himself at a breezeway, and as officers converged Lutz took the breezeway where he encountered the suspect. The suspect disobeyed repeated commands to show his hands, and turned away from Lutz, reaching into a bag. Lutz grabbed the suspect, and continued giving commands to show his hands. The suspect turned toward Lutz, brandishing a handgun, at fired multiple shots at Lutz, striking his face and hand.

Lutz, despite being wounded and bleeding profusely, returned fire, striking the suspect several times, ending the threat before the suspect could harm other officers or the public.

Nominated by Lieutenant David Allison

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