On March 31st the 2020 Annual Public Safety Awards took place at the Sheriff’s Office Training facility located at 505 Broomes Island Rd, in Port Republic. The American Legion is the sponsor of the awards ceremony. Calvert County Communications personnel, Corrections Officers, and Sheriff’s Office Deputies were among the recipients, as well as a local State Trooper officer.
Calvert County American Legion Commander Robert E. Sprecher explained that the competition starts with individual supervisors recommending Public Safety Personnel for the awards and those recommendations are sent to American Legion County reviews, then to Legion District review and then to the Legion Department reviews. It is at that point that Candidates go to the Legion National review for all the different states.
Pat McCoy of the National Executive Committee of the American Legion, welcomed the attendees to the Annual Public Safety Awards. Pat first apologized for not having an awards Big Banquet to feed everyone because of COVID restrictions, but stated that “we will never stop honoring our Public Safety folks, you all are our first line of defense here in the County”. This will be the last year of the Calvert County Counsel. Pat went on to say even after our conference will be re-organizing Maryland districts, we will never stop honoring our Public Safety personnel in Calvert County. Calvert County will never stop having this program. After Pat’s opening remarks Commander Chip Michael (Post 85) led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and Calvert County Commander Robert Sprecher led the group in a prayer. Pat McCoy went on to share accolades about the honored First Responders
Morgan Myers meets and exceeds the standards for emergency calls. Morgan showed care and respect to an ailing caller, who was heard being physically ill, all though a 16 minute call. Dedicated and efficient, Morgan maintained calm during her first shooting call and was commended for the call. Morgan fielded a large variety of calls with composure and informative notes. Outside of work, Morgan serves her community as an EMT in the Prince Frederick Barracks. Sheriff Evans received the award on Morgan Myers behalf.
Correctional Deputy Ryan Jones was awarded the Correctional Deputy of the Year award. Deputy Jones graduated with honors from the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy. Correctional Deputy Jones is known for his work ethic, attention to detail, security mindset and dedication. He is known for deciphering court documents and writing accurate incident reports. Correctional Deputy Ryan is also known for his willingness to learn new skills. Deputy Jones volunteered on the forefront of COVID- 19 defenses, working as booking deputy, diligently ensuring all established policies and procedures were followed to prevent the virus. Correctional Deputy Jones maintains perfect attendance and is always available when his superiors need him in emergency situations.
State Trooper of the Year (Prince Frederick Barrack “U”), was Trooper Brendan White, who attended University of Maryland College Park and received a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice prior to joining the Maryland State Police. Trooper White investigated 30 crash investigations, conducted 1350 traffic stops, of those 197 were citations, 1187 were warnings, 106 were SERS. State Trooper White has stand out arrests. State Trooper White stopped a speeding vehicle and a subsequent search yielded 7.8 grams of marijuana and a seizure of a loaded hand gun. The driver received several firearm related charges. Trooper White aids his community by volunteering with the Shop with Cop program that helps children shop for Christmas presents. Trooper White also plays on the Maryland State Police hockey team which also participates in can food drives.
Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year was Deputy First Class Robert Shrawder. DFC Shrawder was considered a well-rounded and highly motivated deputy and is highly respected by his brethren. DFC Shrawder has a well-respected work ethic that is second to none. He conducts thorough investigations that result in successful prosecutions and case closures. DFC Shrawder has a passion for traffic safety and prevents intoxicated drivers from driving on county roads. The Deputy went through a highly intense Drug Recognition School and is considered a drug recognition expert. Because of his expertise, Deputy First Class Shrawder was selected as a field training officer, where he is responsible for training new deputies. DFC Shrawder has 24 criminal arrests, 27 for controlled dangerous substance, 14 impaired driver arrests, and 572 traffic stops.
It is commendable to note, that all the award recipients humbly declined to speak about themselves, while receiving their awards. All the participants supervisors, (Major Thomas Reese and Captain Kevin Cross from Corrections, Major David McDowell with the Sheriff’s Office and Lieutenant Jimmie Meurrens from Maryland State Police Barracks “U”, graciously thanked the American Legion for recognizing their first responders. Sheriff Evans also thanked the American Legion by saying: “Welcome to our revised canine facility and training center, I think it fits the bill today and we avoided the rain. But we appreciate the American Legion’s support of our first responders and it’s nice to hand out awards for guys doing their jobs. They appreciate that and thank you so much.”
American Legion Calvert County Commander Robert E Sprecher went on to say: “We appreciate your work and we are here for you. Military experience has prepared, I know, a lot of you, for these types of jobs. We appreciate you and this is our way of recognizing how you guys do the job and the significant sacrifice you make doing this job. I want to thank you all for the American Legion of roughly 1600 members in this county. Anything we can do to support you, just let us know and we will try to do the best we can to help you.”
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Jen Wallace Magee / Calvert Beacon Intern