PATROL OFFICERS TIMOTHY SHEA AND JOSHUA MALOTT TO RECEIVE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S MEDAL OF VALOR
After consultation with the Dauphin County Chiefs of Police, District Attorney Fran Chardo will present the Medal of Valor to Patrol Officers Timothy C. Shea and Joshua A. Malott of the Lower Swatara Township Police Department. The awards relate to the officers' actions responding to a burglary in progress on October 14, 2019. Upon arriving at the scene of the burglary, the officers found the glass on the sliding door to the residence shattered. As the caller reporting the burglary had not indicated the involvement of weapons, the officers drew their tasers, not their firearms, and entered the residence.
In the rear of the residence, the officers found the intruder holding the female caller with a pistol in his hand. When the female pulled away, the officers fired their tasers. The intruder fired multiple shots, one of which struck Officer Shea in the leg. Officer Malott valiantly positioned himself between the gunman and Officer Shea as the two moved to a position of cover. After applying a tourniquet to himself, Officer Shea continued to courageously perform his duties by assisting the female victim to move to a position of safety in the face of grave danger.
The awards ceremony will occur at the Lower Swatara Township Board of Commissioners Meeting on January 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The location of the meeting will be the Lower Swatara Township Building, 1499 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown, PA 17057.