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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.