On April 7, 2015, the Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) received the nominations of DFC Robert (Bubba) Brady Jr and DFC Stephen Esposito from the Employee Recognition Committee for the Team Excellence Award.
The two deputies were among the many who responded on February 3, 2015 to the Dominion Cove Point staging area just off Route 4, for a protest about 6 am. Two women, Heather Doyle 31, of Washington, Dc and Carling Sothoron 28, of Baltimore, were climbing the crane to hang protest banners.
Deputies arriving on the scene asked the women to stop climbing and get down from the crane. Deputies Brady and Esposito arrived with
climbing gear and proceeded to get Heather Doyle off the crane. She was arrested and charged with trespassing and failure to obey a lawful order from law enforcement. Later she was also charged with destruction of property when she allegedly scraped her handcuffs on one of the police vehicles, damaging the paint.
Carling Sothoron was also asked to climb down off the crane but refused. She was about 175 feet up the crane and DFC Esposito climbed up to her and secured her to the crane. Workers from Kiewit lowered the crane to the ground. Sothoron was then arrested and charged with
trespassing and failing to obey a lawful order from law enforcement.
Captain Steve Jones said the two deputies showed great teamwork in the high angle rescue and bringing it to a safe and orderly conclusion.
The Commissioners awarded Brady and Esposito Team Excellence Shirts and a framed certificate.
Congratulations DFC Robert Brady Jr and Dfc Stephen Esposito for a job well done!
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon