Law enforcement officers often go beyond the call of duty, endangering themselves to save others.
This past weekend, that was exemplified by the actions of Virginia State Senior Topper J.D. Stamper.
The trooper and a highway work zone worker are recovering from injuries after having been struck by a vehicle in Essex County this past Sunday night .
According to reports, at around 7:45 p.m. a 1995 GMC pickup truck was traveling north on Route 17 through a highway work zone. As the pickup truck approached the intersection of Route 17 and Richmond Beach Road, it ran off the right side of the road, went over a curb and struck Stamper and Darrell J. Howard, 46, of Barboursville, a highway engineer.
Stamper, Howard and a third individual were standing together outside their vehicles off the right side of the road.
As the pickup came towards them, Stamper heroically pushed one of the individuals out of the path of the oncoming pickup truck, endangering his own life. Stamper then pulled Howard towards him to get them both out of the way.
Unfortunately, with little time to spare, both were struck.
Stamper was transported to Riverside Tappahannock Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was released later Sunday night.
Howard was flown by Virginia State Police Med-Flight hospital to VCU Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.
Howard is an engineer employed by Volkert, Inc., which is contracted by VDOT for the Route 17/Essex County work zone.
The driver of the pickup truck, Robert P. Jenkins II, 20, Dunnsville, has been charged with reckless driving. Jenkins was not injured in the incident. Additional charges are pending. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
Trooper K.G. Perrigan, with the assistance of the Richmond Division Crash Reconstruction Team, is still investigating the cause.