Sergeant D. Heath is presented with the Commander's Award by Captain J. McGann in recognition of his vigilance, initiative, and decisive action in deploying patrol resources to address an ongoing armed robbery trend throughout western Baltimore County, ultimately leading to the detection and arrest of three dangerous felons.
Officer K. Terry is also presented with the Commander's Award in recognition of his dedication, vigilance, and decisive action in detecting and apprehending this group of dangerous felons responsible for a series of commercial armed robberies throughout western Baltimore County.
After three separate commercial armed robberies occurring between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on January 29, Sergeant Heath made the wise decision to send officers who were responding to work that morning out on patrol immediately, without a formal roll call. This decision put additional officers out into the community looking for any sign of the armed felons at large.
Officer Terry was one of those officers. He began his shift immediately by proactively patrolling the area for any suspicious activity. At approximately 6:23 a.m. he observed a suspicious vehicle parked on a parking lot adjacent to a business. When Ofc. Terry began to approach the vehicle, two subjects matching the description of the robbery suspects ran from the business across the parking lot to the vehicle, which then sped away. Ofc. Terry followed the vehicle into a cul-de-sac community where the three suspects fled into a wooded area. In cooperation with the other precinct officers, all three of these dangerous suspects were subsequently located and apprehended, with evidence of the crimes in their possession.
For exceptional service to the community, superior leadership, and exemplifying the finest values of the Baltimore County Police Department, congratulations.