in recognition of the gallant manner in which he risked his own life to
preserve that of a fellow law enforcement officer.
William R. Gerth, on May 19, 1983, in Wichita Falls, Texas, responded to a
police department radio broadcast advising that an alleged bank robber was
travelling on Sisk Road in that City. Ranger Gerth observed the suspect vehicle
and requested backup support from a DPS trooper. As the trooper joined pursuit,
the suspect vehicle came to an abrupt stop.
suspect exited his vehicle and immediately opened fire with an automatic weapon
on the trooper causing minor lacerations and pinning the trooper inside his
vehicle. As the armed suspect approached the trooper's vehicle, Ranger Gerth
became involved in an exchange of gunfire with the suspect which resulted in
the suspect being killed.
As a result
of Gerth's positive, timely, and gallant actions, the life of the DPS trooper
Medal of Valor has been awarded to four Texas Rangers - Sgt. William R. Gerth,
Sgt. Stanley Keith Guffey, Sgt. John Aycock, Sgt. Danny V. Rhea
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