VACP/VPCF Recognizes Four Officers with 2006 Awards for Lifesaving
August 7, 2006 | VACP
Four Virginia police officers have been honored with 2006 Lifesaving Awards by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation (VPCF). The Lifesaving Award recognizes an officer’s actions that put the officer in harm’s way in an attempt to save the live of another individual.
The 2006 VACP/VPCF Lifesaving Award recipients are Sergeant Kevin A. Tucker, Christiansburg Police Department; Officer Bharat J. Ramdeholl, Newport News Police Department; and Trooper Jason Ray Hypes and Master Trooper Darrell C. Bowling, Virginia State Police.
The 2006 recipients were announced at the VACP/VPCF Annual Conference on August 7 at the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center and the awards were given to the recipients’ police chiefs to be presented in ceremonies at the officers’ agencies. For additional information, please contact VACP Executive Director Dana Schrad.
Christiansburg Police Department
Sergeant Kevin A. Tucker
On December 29, 2005, the Christiansburg Police Department received an early morning call from a woman who lived in the Christiansburg Bluff Apartments. The woman reported that her apartment was on fire and that she was trapped in the bedroom with her baby. When Sgt. Kevin Tucker arrived, the woman reported that she was running out of air. Sgt. Tucker repeatedly kicked the door to gain entry, and made his way through the smoke to locate the mother and baby. After safely removing them from the building, Sgt. Tucker reentered the building with a fire extinguisher in an attempt to minimize the fire damage before firefighters arrived. In 2005, Sgt. Tucker received a Lifesaving Award for his rescue efforts in a March 22, 2005 fire.
Newport News Police Department
Officer Bharat J. Ramdeholl
On June 24, 2005, Officer Ramdeholl was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene of two-story home engulfed in flames and heavy smoke. When he forced his way in the front door, a concerned neighbor quickly ran into the house. Officer Ramdeholl followed her and pulled her, against her will, to safety. Officer Ramdeholl reentered the house and assisted the 90-year-old homeowner out of the house to safety. Then, the neighbor attempted to reenter the house, but Officer Ramdeholl intervened to keep her out of the burning structure. Although two other persons unfortunately died in the fire, Officer Ramdeholl’s lifesaving efforts saved the homeowner and the neighbor.
Virginia State Police
Trooper Jason Ray Hypes
On October 1, 2005, Trooper Jason Hypes was traveling southbound on Route 301 in Caroline County, responding to an emergency call for service. He was about 25 second behind fellow Trooper P. Michael Taylor when Taylor had to swerve to avoid a slow-moving volunteer fire department vehicle and crashed into several trees. Trooper Taylor’s vehicle immediately caught fire, trapping him inside. Although the firefighters were attempting to extinguish the fire, Trooper Hypes quickly realized that Trooper Taylor needed to be rescued from the vehicle immediately. Trooper Hypes broke into the vehicle and pulling Trooper Taylor out as ammunition stored inside the police vehicle began to explode. Trooper Hypes quick response in the face of danger saved the life of Trooper Taylor just seconds before the police cruiser was entirely engulfed in flames.
Virginia State Police
Master Trooper Darrell C. Bowling
On August 9, 2005, Trooper Darrell Bowling initiated a pursuit of two speeding vehicles in the Town of Stuart in Patrick County that presented a serious threat to motorists and pedestrians in the town. Trooper Bowling pursued the two vehicles into a convenience store parking lot, where a male occupant of one of the vehicles jumped out and started to choke a male passenger in the other vehicle. The assailant turned out to be a weightlifter who was also a professional wrestler. Trooper Bowling was outsized by the assailant, but managed to overpower him and prevent him from choking the male passenger to death. However, as he continued to struggle with the assailant, the male passenger pointed a gun at Trooper Bowling and the assailant. Trooper Bowling shouted at the passenger to put the gun down, and he complied. At this point, the woman in the vehicle who was the wife of the assailant entered the fray and began physically attacking her husband. After several more altercations, Trooper Bowling, with the help of a Patrick County deputy sheriff, was able to bring all parties under control and effect two arrests. Trooper Bowling masterfully took control of a heated and dangerous situation to defuse the violence and save the lives of three individuals.
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is a statewide organization of federal, state and local police chiefs and law enforcement executives dedicated to improving the professionalism of police agencies in Virginia. The Association was founded in 1926 and has more than 600 members. The Association provides annual training programs for law enforcement executives, directs a statewide traffic safety program for law enforcement, produces Freedom of Information Act guidelines for law enforcement and lobbies for law enforcement interests at the state and federal level. The Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation is a charitable educational foundation created by the VACP to provide training and education programs, an awards program, youth scholarships and a youth leadership camp for high school students.