Kelly Honored by IACP, Motorola
Monday, March 19, 2018 | Comments

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Motorola Solutions named Cpl. Seth Kelly from the Pennsylvania State Police as the IACP/Motorola Solutions 2017 Trooper of the Year. Kelly was chosen from four finalists among state and provincial agencies of the United States and Canada.

On Nov. 7, 2017, Kelly arrived on scene to assist Trooper Ryan Seiple with a routine traffic stop. Daniel Khalil Clary, a 22-year-old male, was pulled over for speeding but after a second approach, Seiple suspected that Clary was under the influence of a controlled substance and called Kelly for backup. After failing the field sobriety test, Clary became violent as the troopers attempted to take him into custody. As the altercation ensued, both troopers deployed their electronic control weapons, but the struggle escalated onto the highway. Kelly pulled the subject back onto the shoulder of the highway to safety, but Clary managed to break free, return to his vehicle, and grab a pistol.

Clary fired six shots, three of which struck Kelly. Despite being injured, Kelly returned fire and shielded himself behind the guard rail until the threat was gone and his fellow trooper was safe. After Clary fled the scene, Kelly assessed his injuries and gauged he’d been shot close to his femoral artery. Using a personal tourniquet he started carrying just a few months earlier, he saved his own life.

“Congratulations to our 2017 trooper of the year Cpl. Seth Kelly,” said IACP President Louis M. Dekmar, chief of police, LaGrange Police Department. “IACP is proud to honor your courage, professionalism and dedication to your community. We appreciate your continued commitment to public service. All four finalists are exceptional examples of the heroism displayed by law enforcement officers across the globe. On behalf of the entire association, congratulations and thank you for your public service.”

The other finalists were Cpl. Hope Hohertz, Texas Department of Public Safety; Trooper Adam Whitmarsh, Nevada Highway Patrol; and Trooper Dustin Henningsen, Iowa State Patrol.

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