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SEPTA Police Officers Receive Silver Star for Bravery

Lt. Garrett L. Marsh
SEPTA Police Department

Each year, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church honors law enforcement, public safety and citizens who deserve recognition for their outstanding service to the community. This year, during an awards ceremony held in May, Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Senior Pastor and his congregation selected three SEPTA Police Officers - Lyle Darden, Jackie Trower and Paul Williams - to receive Enon's American Police Hall of Fame National Awards Silver Star for Bravery.

The following events highlight the extraordinary heroism displayed in the line of duty by these exceptional SEPTA law enforcement employees:

It was a mid-afternoon in March, and Police Officers Trower, Williams and Darden were on an assigned school detail at the Snyder Station on the Broad Street Line. When a passenger alerted the three officers that a male had just fallen into the southbound subway track area, Officer Trower immediately notified police radio and requested train service to be halted.

The male, who seemed to be disoriented and dangerously close to the energized third rail, was stumbling and oblivious to the repeated pleas from the officers to remain still. Without regard for their safety, all three officers climbed into the track area to render assistance and observed a southbound train approaching the station. Officer Williams continued to make repeated request via a police radio to halt the oncoming train and shut off the third rail power. Officer Darden began waving his flashlight to signal the oncoming train to perform an emergency stop. The train stopped just a few feet from entering the station. The officers were able to assist the male out of the track area, who suffered minor abrasions and contusions. He was transported to Hospital of University of Pennsylvania (H.U.P.) for evaluation and treatment.

The heroic, selfless actions and quick thinking of these officers saved the life of a citizen from imminent danger. However, the seasoned officers have been previously recognized for their law enforcement expertise and exemplary reputations.

Officer Lyle Darden has been a police officer with the SEPTA Transit Police Department for 21 years. He is assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division and patrols the subway stations and platforms on the Broad Street Line. He has received several awards, including a Unit Citation and the Republican Nation Convention ribbon. Officer Darden is married and has two children.

Officer Jackie Trower has been a police officer with the SEPTA Transit Police Department for 11 years. He is assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division and patrols the subway stations and platforms on the Broad Street Line. He has received several awards, including a Unit Citation and a Merit Award. Officer Trower is married and has six children.

Officer Paul Williams has been police officer with the SEPTA Transit Police Department for three years. He is assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division and patrols the subway stations and platforms on the Broad Street Line. Officer Williams has a Bachelor's Degree in education from Delaware State University and is in the process of completing his Master's degree in Mental Heal Counseling at Walden University.

The actions of these three officers - outstanding acts of courage, without regard for their personal safety - reflect positively on the entire SEPTA Transit Police Department.


Philadelphia Councilwoman Cindy Bass, SEPTA Transit Police Deputy Chief David Scott and Councilman David Oh congratulate officers Lyle Darden, Paul Williams and Jackie Trower after they received Enon's Silver Star for Bravery Award.