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The Baltimore County Police Department celebrates National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a dinner for volunteers on April 10. The event will take place at the Baltimore Yacht Club, 800 Baltimore Yacht Club Road, Essex, 21221. The evening will begin with dinner and awards at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme, Making a World of Difference, is a perfect description of the many men and women who unselfishly give their time and talents to the Police Department. Last year our volunteers contributed over 23,000 hours of valuable time to the BCoPD.

Volunteers answer phones, handle clerical work and assist with statistical data, among other duties. Their participation allows officers to focus on patrol and investigation.

Expected to attend the dinner are more than 70 volunteers, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Chief James Johnson, members of the Executive Corps, and members of the Police Auxiliary Team.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 6-12.

The annual Baltimore County Police Foundation Awards ceremony honors officers who have performed exceptionally – and, in some cases, put their lives on the line to protect the public and each other.

Master of Ceremonies Stan Stovall hosted the awards dinner at the Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn on Tuesday, March 25. The reception began at 6 p.m., and dinner was served at 7:30 p.m. The guest speaker was Rod Rosenstein, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.

29 Officers, Two Civilians Honored

The following officers and civilians received the 2014 Baltimore County Police Foundation Awards:

Valor Award

  • The Valor Award was presented to Tactical Officers Jason Schneider (posthumously) and Christopher Helphenstine. On August 28, 2013, both officers entered a home on Roberts Avenue in Precinct 1/Wilkens to assist in executing a search and seizure warrant for suspects believed to be involved in an earlier shooting on Shipley Avenue. Officers Schneider and Helphenstine exchanged gunfire with one of the suspects. Officer Schneider was shot by the suspect and later succumbed to his injuries, making the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Members of the Vice/Narcotics Section – Western Community Drug Unit (WCDU), Detectives Chadd Lettau, Rebecca Petrone, Adam Rock and Scott Young, received the Valor Award for their courage and bravery during a life-threatening encounter with three male suspects at a Woodlawn hotel on June 18, 2013. The officers were conducting surveillance at the location when they became involved in a struggle to disarm one of the suspects in a small room with a number of persons in close proximity. Investigation revealed that the suspects had ties to the Black Guerrilla Family gang, and speculation by those involved was that the armed suspect was there to murder the subject under government protection.

Community Service

Rabbi Norman Lowenthal has served as a volunteer police chaplain for the past six years. Rabbi Lowenthal assisted officers and detectives in May 2012 when an Israeli jeweler was robbed and seriously assaulted in Precinct 4/Pikesville. He was able to assist with translation since the victim spoke Hebrew and very broken English. He has also served as a liaison to community leaders and groups to help reduce citizens’ fears due to crime in the area.

Crime Prevention

The School Assessment Team, consisting of members of the Community Resources Team and a team of ten BCoPD Community Outreach Team officers, assisted in the security assessment of the 165 Baltimore County Public Schools. The safety and security of Baltimore County schools will continue to improve with the implementation of their recommended physical security provisions and practice of security-based protocols.

Members of the School Assessment Team are listed below.

School Assessment Team
Sergeant Theresa DuBose – Community Resources Team
Detective Albert C. Lindhorst Jr. – Community Resources Team
Detective Frederick Carter Jr. – Community Resources Team
Officer Bryan Dietsch – Community Resources Team
Officer Jennifer Arnett – Precinct 7/Cockeysville
Officer Edward Borman – Precinct 8/Parkville
Officer Daniel Coyne – Precinct 11/Essex
Officer Warren Fluck – Precinct 12/North Point
Officer Kristy Fuka – Precinct 6/Towson
Officer William S. Havens – Precinct 9/White Marsh
Officer Alisha Helphenstine – Precinct 2/Woodlawn
Officer Andrew Kauffman – Precinct 3/Franklin
Officer William Rubie – Precinct 1/Wilkens
Officer Larry Stallings – Precinct 4/Pikesville
Ms. Christina Arellano –Personnel Section

Distinguished Contribution to the Profession

Sergeant John Hyman of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force created and now commands a “Cold Case Squad” to work the backlog of unserved warrants while tasked with continuing the Investigative Squad’s previous workload. Sergeant Hyman’s ability to incorporate both squads into each others’ workflow has produced high levels of productivity well beyond what was expected. Together, the two squads have finished the first twelve month period with a 253 percent increase in overall productivity from the previous twelve month period, serving a total of 1,086 warrants.

Exceptional Performance

Officer Ryan Daffron has been the top performer at Precinct 6/Towson during the past 12 months. He has written the most reports, handled the most calls for service and had the most case clearances. Additionally, a traffic stop that he conducted in January 2013 led to a suspect being charged in an unreported crime and the recovery of stolen property. Officer Daffron has also embraced the precinct’s electric standup vehicles, T-3, volunteering his time, along with fellow officers, before and after their tour of duty, to help keep Towson safe and enjoyable for all.

Exceptional Group Performance

The Pharmaceutical Diversion Team (PDT) addresses problems caused by the growing use, abuse and distribution of prescription drugs throughout Baltimore County and the Baltimore Metropolitan area. A lengthy and notable investigation in 2013 led to the indictment of an attorney and her entire organization. Several suspects were arrested on drug charges. Detectives seized an abundance of drugs, paraphernalia evidence and U.S. currency. In addition to the many arrests, undercover operations, and cleared cases, the PDT seized $33,189 in cash and assets, and 3,745 doses of prescription medication.

Members of the Pharmaceutical Diversion Team are listed below.

Pharmaceutical Diversion Team
Sergeant Bruce Vaughn
Corporal Steven Sunderland
Detective Noel Arciaga
Detective Lisa Krebs
Detective Douglas Kriete
Detective Isaac Thorn
Detective James Vermont

The awards program began in 1980 as a way to recognize Police Department employees for outstanding performance and to strengthen the relationship between the business community and the Department. It works to improve the department’s efficiency and effectiveness. The foundation contributes resources, including seed money and in-kind services, for encouraging the development of new projects.

All members of the department, both professional staff and sworn, are eligible for nomination.

Nominations are made by a Department member, screened by the nominee’s supervisor and the Commendation Board. It is then considered by the Foundation’s Awards committee. The honorees receive a plaque and a specially designed ribbon bar acknowledging their contribution.

The Baltimore County Fire Department will honor a fallen firefighter and first responders and civilians who  have performed exceptionally at  its annual Promotional  and Commendations Ceremony, scheduled  tomorrow, March 11, at  Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.

Besides awarding deserving first  responders and civilians,  this evening also will recognize 55 Fire Department members who have been promoted during the past year and 31 graduates of the 102nd Recruit Class of Probationary Firefighters. Graduation ceremonies for the 102nd class originally planned last January were postponed due to inclement weather.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Fire Chief John Hohman are scheduled to speak.

Highlights of the awards portion of the program:

  • Recognition  of Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Co. Firefighter Gene Kirchner, who died of injuries suffered while trying to rescue a person trapped in an April  24, 2013 Reisterstown house fire.  Kirchner, 25, last spring was posthumously  presented the Medal of Honor -- the Fire Department's highest honor -- and the Purple Heart.
  • A Baltimore County police officer from the North Point Precinct will receive the Fire Department’s third highest award, the Bronze Star, for rescuing a man from a building fire in Dundalk.
  • Several citizens will receive awards. These include two women in Garrison who saved a person from choking; a boy in Eastview who called 911 and helped save his mother; a man in Rosedale who evacuated a warehouse following a train crash and explosion; a Parkville lifeguard who saved an infant by performing CPR; a woman in Perry Hall who saved the life of her neighbor by performing CPR; and a Parkton man who saved a man in cardiac arrest by performing CPR.
  • Crews from Dundalk, Eastview, Wise Avenue, Edgemere and North Point Edgemere will be recognized for rescuing 14 residents trapped in an apartment fire.
  • Crews from Golden Ring and Eastview that were the first on the scene of a train derailment and explosion in Rosedale will be honored.
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