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Tuesday was just another ordinary day for Officer M. Mills of the Wilkens Precinct, but "ordinary" for police officers is sometimes considered "extraordinary" by those whose lives they touch.

Officer Mills responded to a call for a possible fire with smoke showing in a wooded area off of Washington Boulevard in Catonsville around 9:31 a.m., but was unable to locate any fire. He searched the wooded area, where he happened upon a disheveled man and questioned him about seeing any smoke or fire. The man admitted to starting the fire to keep warm and the smoke resulted when he'd extinguished it. Officer Mills continued to talk with the man, who began to recount a tale of disparity, including the prayer for food he'd said just before Officer Mills' arrival.

It is fairly routine for officers to encounter transient citizens during their shift, so this incident was just another routine situation that Officer Mills would handle that day. However, his response could either make the man's day ordinary or extraordinary.

Officer's Extraordinary Assistance

Officer Mills started his response by giving the man cash for food from his own pocket.

Realizing he needed more, Officer Mills offered to drive him to a shelter, which the man accepted. Officer Mills could easily have dropped the man off at any shelter and called it a day. Instead, knowing that most shelters have waiting lists or are filled to capacity, Officer Mills took him to Baltimore County Westside Men's Shelter on Redwood Circle and stayed there, speaking with employees, who provided a hot meal, shower, clean clothes, and ensured a space for the man at the shelter.

Lastly, just before leaving, Officer Mills noticed the poor condition of the man's shoes. He inquired and the man explained that he'd walked to the Baltimore area from Pennsylvania. Officer Mills left, but soon returned with new shoes for the man donated by Walmart.

Officer Mills didn't think much about his response to this call for service; it was just another ordinary day. We're cops; it's what we do. His supervisor, however, recognized that the decisions he made and the effect he had on one person were extraordinary, and that creates a ripple effect. President Calvin Coolidge said, "No one is compelled to choose the profession of a police officer; But having chosen it, everyone is obligated to perform its duties and live up to the high standards of its requirements." Well done, Officer Mills.

Police have identified the woman killed in a crash Saturday evening on Washington Boulevard at I-195 in Wilkens precinct.

Donna Lynn Corbin (56) of the 3000 block of Old Channel Road in Laurel, 20724, was killed when the 1994 Chevrolet Corvette she was riding in was struck on the passenger side as the driver attempted to cross traffic and enter onto the I-195 ramp. Both the driver and passenger were transported to area hospitals, where the passenger was pronounced deceased. The driver of the other vehicle, a 2004 Toyota Avalon, was unharmed.

The Baltimore County Crash Investigation Team continues to investigate this incident.

UPDATE (February 2, 2016  4:32 p.m.):

The pedestrian that died as a result of this crash has been identified as 47-year-old Terry Gulliver with a last known address in the 600 block of North Carrolton Avenue 21217.

This crash remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. The investigation is expected to take several weeks.

Original release (February 1, 2016  3:54 p.m.):

Just before 6 a.m. this morning, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to Washington Boulevard and Clarke Boulevard 21227 for a serious crash involving a pedestrian.

The initial investigation into the crash has indicated that a woman was walking south-bound in the north-bound lanes of Washington Boulevard when she was struck by a Honda Pilot that had been traveling north-bound.

The woman was declared deceased at the scene. Her name will be released after notification of next-of-kin. The Honda Pilot remained at the scene.

This crash remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. The investigation is expected to take several weeks.

Revised June 27, 2017