District Attorney Presents Local Law Enforcer Awards

NORRISTOWN PA – Six locally stationed troopers of the Pennsylvania State Police, and an officer of the Collegeville Borough Police Department, all have received commendations from Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele for what he called “their extraordinary efforts, exemplary work and heroism in protecting and serving” county residents.

The local recognitions by the district attorney’s office, presented Friday (May 13, 2022) during ceremonies at the county Fire Academy in Conshohocken, were among a total of 37 awarded to both civilians and members of law enforcement. The honorees included:

  • Troopers on the so-called “Midnight Squad” at the state police Troop K Barracks in Skippack. They were singled out by Steele for “making numerous significant arrests including for DUIs, drug trafficking and wanted individuals, as well as seizing 29 illegal firearms and rescuing a young victim of human trafficking. The group consists of Cpl. Joseph Harmon and troopers Christopher J. Abbott, Seth G. Betancourt, Seth A. Heffner, Jason K. Henley, and Jeffrey A. Simmons; and
  • Ofc. John J. Barnshaw of Collegeville police. He was among first responders who Steele said demonstrated “exceptional bravery and performance” during a code enforcement incident with a hoarding resident. It later became a stand-off when the Steele reported the resident “brandished a firearm, threatened police, and ultimately detonated explosives, setting fire to his own and other’s homes.”

Photo of Steele (left) and two of the honored troopers from Facebook