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Sheriff honors pistol-packing drug store tech
JEFFERSONVILLE –Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff on Wednesday honored a pharmacy employee who fended off a would-be robber last week.
Schiff recognized Paul Hemmer of Jeffersonville for his role in thwarting the attempted robbery which occurred May 26th, at about 2:45 p.m.
A man wearing a ski mask and a blue sweat suit entered the pharmacy carrying a spear and a baseball bat and demanded that the employees “give him all the drugs”.
Hemmer, who is a pharmacy technician and was behind the counter at the time, pulled his licensed handgun and asked the bandit, “Do you really want to do this”? Seeing that the tables had been turned on him, the robber fled the pharmacy empty handed.
Hemmer provided Sheriff’s Deputies with a description that eventually led to the arrest of Robert Roach, 55, of Jeffersonville.
“Not only did Paul Hemmer defend himself, co-workers and a customer who was there at the time, he also prevented dangerous drugs from getting out on the street”, said Sheriff Schiff. “Mr. Hemmer acted courageously and with great restraint when he confronted this defendant and therefore, he should be honored as one of our hometown heroes.”
The sheriff presented Hemmer with a certificate of appreciation for his actions.