Officer John David
On December 18, 2011, two East Washington Township
Police Officers stopped a vehicle on Interstate 70 in Washington County
Pa. In an instant, the driver of that stopped vehicle opened fire on the
officers, striking them both and killing one of them, Officer John
Dryer. When this all too common tragedy occurs, we see the officer, the
uniform and the badge but we are not always privy to their personal
background. This is John Dryer's story.
Officer Dryer was a part-time police officer for the
East Washington Police Department. A man who truly believed in giving to
his community, he worked as an EMT and a volunteer firefighter prior to
attending and graduating from the police academy. He also served as a
volunteer Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer for the Pennsylvania
State Game Commission for over a dozen years. He did these things in his
spare time as he was also a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at a
clinic he owned in Washington, Pa.
John Dryer was known for his generosity, his
commitment to his community and his love of all living things. In a
moment of madness, he was taken from his family and those he served. To
all he touched, he will be greatly missed.
After being initially wounded by the suspect, Officer
Dryer was shot in the head and murdered execution style by the same
suspect. Officer Dryer's partner, Officer Robert Caldwell, was shot and
wounded by the suspect who was later fatally shot when challenged a
State Police SWAT Team after a long stand-off at his residence.