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Tonight at 7 p.m., the Baltimore County Police Department will present awards to officers and county residents as part of an awards ceremony. The event will be held at Notre Dame Preparatory School, 815 Hampton Lane, Towson 21286.

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa R. Hyatt will present the awards, while Pastor Melvin Rascoe will preside over the invocation and benediction.

Awards are given to officers who have performed extraordinarily over the last 12 months. The Baltimore County Police Department Awards Review Board spends months reviewing nominations based on departmental standard criteria.

Awards are presented to officers in the following categories:

Silver Star: This is the second highest Departmental Award. It recognizes officers who demonstrate valor, courage, intelligence and bravery over and above that normally demanded and expected.

  • Officer Nicholas A. Creaghan – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Officer Sheldon J. Reed – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Officer Branden C. A. Sands – Precinct 2/Woodlawn

Commendation: This is the third highest Departmental Award. It is awarded to officers who display courage and devotion to duty above that normally required, or who display intelligence during unusual circumstances, or who demonstrate initiative in solving a crime, or one who, under certain circumstances, arrest an armed and dangerous person.

  • Corporal Brian M. Cowley – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Detective Anthony N. Armetta – Criminal Investigations Bureau/Criminal Apprehension Support Team
  • Detective Allen E. Jones – Criminal Investigations Bureau/Criminal Apprehension Support Team
  • Detective Kenneth P. Nacke – Criminal Investigations Bureau/Criminal Apprehension Support Team
  • Detective Jason M. Sutton – Criminal Investigations Bureau/Criminal Apprehension Support Team
  • Detective Ellis E. Temple – Precinct 2/Woodlawn
  • Officer Christopher P. Harding – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Officer Kevin Pichardo – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Officer Dillon D. Waugh – Precinct 2/Woodlawn

Emergency Service Award: This award is awarded for an effort to save a human life.

  • Officer Timothy J. Bull – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Deputy Stacey Dickens – Baltimore City Sheriff’s Department
  • Officer Robert E. Francis – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Officer Kevin M. Thomas – Precinct 9/White Marsh

Distinguished Citizen’s Award: This award is presented to a citizen who rendered valuable assistance to Department members.

  • Jason Bremer
  • Tatyana Brown
  • Joseph Green
  • Michael R. Heller
  • Jeremy Kirkpatrick
  • Joseph C. McDermott
  • Robert Moore
  • Adedeji Oduntan
  • Daniel T. Rogers
  • Roy R. Taylor
  • Graftin Tyler

The Baltimore County Fire Department's annual Commendations Ceremony will be held tomorrow, 7 p.m., at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., Towson. The ceremony honors first responders and civilians who have performed exceptionally over the past 12 months.

Six civilians will receive the Department's second-highest civilian award, the Citizen's Commendation Award. They are three men who rescued a person trapped in a Fullerton house fire; two men who pulled an injured patient from Frog Mortar Creek after a Jet Ski collision; and a woman who risked her safety to provide care to an unconscious motorist whose car went over an embankment in Freeland.

The highest award given tonight to Fire personnel is the Departmental Commendation, presented to two members who rescued a person trapped in a burning house in Lansdowne.

The Departmental Purple Heart will be awarded to an officer seriously injured last summer while fighting a fatal apartment fire in the Towson area.

Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III will attend.

The Fire Department Commendations Board, comprised of career and volunteer personnel, considers nominations for awards based on specific criteria including intelligent decision making, skill, bravery and risk.

Image of Chief Johnson from the Baltimore County Police Department.Police Chief Jim Johnson is one of nine “Gun Violence Champions of Change” – chosen from across the nation – who will be honored by the White House Thursday, April 3, in ceremonies at The White House. The Champions of Change award presentation is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event will be live streamed at 10 a.m. on April 3 at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Additional information about the Champions of Change program is available at www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

"Chief Jim Johnson is truly one of the finest and most effective law enforcement professionals ever to wear the badge," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "I congratulate him on this most prestigious honor and am very glad that he calls Baltimore County home."

White House Announcement

Here is the text of the White House’s announcement:

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, April 3, the White House will honor 9 grassroots leaders taking critical steps in their communities to reduce gun violence. Although a minority of the Senate voted down common-sense legislation, the Administration is continuing to take key steps to reduce gun violence by implementing more than 23 executive actions and elevating successful local efforts. This week, the Administration will highlight the critical work some of these local leaders have spearheaded to make their neighborhoods safer and to keep firearms out of the wrong hands.

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama declared, “Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day. I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say ‘we are not afraid,’ and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.”

The White House created the Champions of Change program to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower, inspire and support members of their communities …

  • James Johnson, Chief of Police, Baltimore County; Chair, National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore County, MD, Police Chief Jim Johnson began his career with the Baltimore County Police Department in 1979 as a Cadet in the 911 Center and served in every sworn rank in the Department before being named Chief of Police in June 2007. Chief Johnson holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA). He is MCCA’s representative to and Chairs the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (the Partnership), a coalition of nine national law enforcement leadership organizations.

Chief Johnson works daily in his own jurisdiction to reduce incidents of gun violence and make his community safer. A highly respected leader in his state and at the national level, Chief Johnson is an active voice for law enforcement on the policies and practices that will help reduce gun violence. A gun owner and hunter, Chief Johnson has been an effective advocate for sensible policies that protect the rights of law abiding gun owners while keeping guns out of dangerous hands and excessive firepower off our streets. In 2013 Chief Johnson testified before Congress in support of expanding background checks to all purchasers, and was instrumental in changing Maryland’s law prohibiting assault weapons and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines. He holds a Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore. ...

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017