Original release (January 7, 2016 9:04 p.m.):
It was mid-afternoon in late December 2015 in Essex. A light rain was falling as officer Canup, an eight-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department, was patrolling Eastern Boulevard. He noticed a car off to the side of the road and an elderly woman who needed help with a flat tire. He stopped to help the woman, and was joined by officer Campbell, a 19-year veteran of the department. Officer Canup changed the tire with the assistance of officer Campbell and the woman was able to drive away.
Officer Canup and officer Campbell did not think they were doing anything special. It was their duty as police officers to help others. Don Crocket, a resident of Essex, witnessed their good deed and thought what they did for the woman deserved recognition.
Don went to police officials as well as elected officials and arranged a small awards ceremony for the officers. He had a lot of praise for the Canup, Campbell, and the other members of the Baltimore County Police Department stating “We have the best department in the United States”.
On January 7, a ceremony was held at the Essex Precinct station. In attendance were Captain Andre Davis, the new precinct commander, Major Steven Hlavach, the former precinct commander and current Major of the Operations Bureau, Lieutenant Joe Jamerson, County Councilman Todd Crandell, State Delegates Robin Gramer, Bob Long, and Rick Metzgar, as well as Don Crocket and members of the Essex Precinct staff. The elderly motorist lives out of state and did not attend the ceremony. Officer Canup and Officer Campbell were presented with several certificates of appreciation.
Major Hlavach thanked the officials presenting the certificates stating that what the officers did “fits with our values” and that the Essex precinct area was a “special place” where officers have a good relationship with the community.
Captain Andre Davis stated “Officer Canup, Officer Campbell, and the other officers in the Essex Precinct are dedicated to building positive relationships with the communities that they protect and serve. What Officer Canup and Officer Campbell did is part of that and I am proud of them all”.
More pictures of the ceremony are available on our Facebook page.