The Police Emerald Society of Baltimore held their 21st Annual Bull & Oyster Roast on November 18, where they presented awards to officers for valor and to one very special citizen for distinguished service.

Chief Sheridan, PESB President Brennan and the Sweeney Family presented the "Lieutenant Owen E. Sweeney, Jr TOP COP Award" for valor to Officer Slocum, Officer Minton, Officer Carver, Officer Leary, Officer Young, Officer Pace and Detective Gibbs for their actions on June 8 when suspect Blaine Erb began shooting at officers investigating a robbery in Dundalk. He fired on officers from a Maryland Transit Administration bus, striking and injuring Officer Slocum before he ultimately succumbed to wounds sustained by the ensuing return fire.

Ofc. Minton, Ofc. Carver, Ofc. Leary, Det Gibbs, Chief Sheridan, Ofc. Young, Owen Sweeney, III, Ofc. Pace, Elaine Sweeney, Frank Sweeney and Pres. Brennan

The Parry family and PESB President Brennan presented the "Sergeant Mark F. Parry Distinguished Service Award" to 9-year-old Matten Roy, creator of "Sheepdog Challenge" for his outstanding efforts over the past year to thank and support local officers in the Baltimore County region. Matten decided to do something to show his gratitude for the work that police officers do so he set out obtaining donations for raffles, food and the halls where he organized five different free luncheons for all police officers in the area. You can read more about it on the Baltimore County Public Schools Spotlight page where he was highlighted as "Face of the Week" in October.

Parry family with Matten and PES President Brennan

Congratulations to all of the award recipients and a special thanks to JHA Photo Services for providing photographs of the event.