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The 34th Citizens’ Academy graduation will take place tonight, June 9, 6:30 p.m., at the Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road 21286. The ceremony will be held in the England-Dansicker Room.

Police Chief James Johnson will present certificates to the 33 graduates who completed the 15-week program. During that time, participants learned about the various units and the many aspects of law enforcement. Officers from specialized units such as K-9, Marine, Aviation and Tactical Operations spoke to the participants and described their duties.

The citizen students learned about the precincts, narcotics identification and investigation. They sat in on lectures that covered media relations, criminal investigations, as well as residential and homeland security. They went to the firing range, where they learned about the use of force and the department’s policy on the use of firearms.

The purpose of the Citizens’ Academy is to foster greater communication and relationships between the Department, the community, and businesses, as well as to promote a better understanding of law enforcement.

The 105th Recruit Class of the Baltimore County Fire-Rescue Academy graduated last night in a ceremony held at Dundalk High School, 1901 Delvale Avenue, 21222.

This graduating class comprises 20 recruits, including 13 men and 7 women. The recruits graduate as Probationary Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

Fire Chief John Hohman and Fire Director Jennifer Aubert-Utz presented the recruits with their diplomas.

105th EMTs

The new graduates will be assigned to career fire stations around the county and will remain on probationary status for two years. The recruits are:

Kelsey Adams, Station 10 Parkville
John An, Station 17 Texas
John Bangerd, Station 11 Hillendale
Ashley Bowers, Station 14 Brooklandville
Rasheena Butts, Station 17 Texas
Matthew Clancy, Station 11 Hillendale
Cristin Crooks, Station 58 Back River Neck
Michael Frey, Station 12 Middle River
Anton Griffin, Station 12 Middle River
Jonathan Harman, Station 2 Pikesville
Joshua Hess, Station 3 Woodlawn
Holly Ludwig, Station 1 Towson
David Schultz, Station 56 Franklin
Kathryn Smith, Station 11 Hillendale
Vincent Tabares, Station 7 Essex
Brandon Thomas, Station 17 Texas
Shar Thompson-Godoy, Station 6 Dundalk
Beth Wagenfuehr, Station 14 Brooklandville
Adam Webster, Station 10 Parkville
Marco Williams, Station 4 Catonsville

EMTs are crucial members of the team at any fire station. Of the over 118,830 incidents in 2013 that Baltimore County Fire and EMS crews responded to, 92,550 were EMS incidents. That represents over 75 percent of calls for the year.

The Baltimore County Police Department’s 140th Recruit class graduation will take place Tuesday, December 23, at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at Notre Dame Preparatory School, 815 Hampton Lane, Towson 21286.

Police Chief James Johnson will present the awards. The Chief and Mr. Charles W. Rapp, Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, will present the diplomas to the recruits. Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams will hand diplomas to the new deputies. The Honorable Julie Ensor, Clerk of the County Circuit Court, will administer the oath of office and the Reverend Darron McKinney will preside over the benediction and adjournment.

The recruits trained for 27 weeks and will spend the next two years in the field as they apply the skills learned in the classroom.

The following is a list of the recruits and their assignments.

Precinct 1 – Wilkens
Richard M. Andrews IV
Sean D. Brennan
Margarita J. Chuisano
Brandon R. Crane
Jordan A. Grafton
Lauren R. Orem
Julia M. Rogulski

Precinct 2 – Woodlawn
Stanley A. Strumsky
Bryan C. Trussell Jr.

Precinct 3 – Franklin
Kevin G. Nickoles

Precinct 4Pikesville
Jason M. Cawley
Joseph C. Parks Jr.
Robert M. Poletynski Jr.
Maria C. Rigatuso
Brandi L. Rios
Daniel W. Sager
Christopher A. Wensel

Precinct 6Towson
Samuel W. Benton
Sarah J. Walter

Precinct 11Essex
Nicholas R. Moore
Joshua M. Ronning
Amy H. Sorrells
Timothy G. Turner
Brett M. Walker
Peter Wong

Precinct 12North Point
Garrett A. Acosta
Victor A. Dulay
Robert E. Francis III
Christopher P. Harding
Kevin D. Jobe
Kathleen Strickler
Cory J. Wilson

Cecil County Deputies
Deputy Christopher T. Jones
Deputy Charles B. Nicholas Jr.
Deputy Warren E. Schilling III
Deputy Jeffrey D. Wathne


Revised April 6, 2016