MCP Holds Quarterly Award Ceremony

The Montgomery County Police Department held its Quarterly Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, December 13 at the Public Safety Headquarters. The awards ceremony featured the presentation of the Medal of Valor, the Lifesaving Award, Commendation, Problem-Oriented Policing, and the Chief’s Award. The award recipients are as follows:

Medal of Valor – The Department’s highest award.  The Medal of Valor is awarded to an employee for heroism and distinction in extremely hazardous circumstances. In order to be considered for this honor, an employee must exhibit unusual bravery in the performance of duty while facing the threat of death of serious injury.

Medal of Valor Recipient:

Police Officer III Matthew McGowan

Lifesaving Award – Awarded to an employee who makes a major contribution toward saving the life of another by providing essential medical treatment prior to arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel.

Lifesaving Award Recipients:

Police Officer III Vincent Chan

Police Officer II Brock Dulko 

Police Officer II Alex Lanham     

Police Officer III Brian Nesbitt  

Police Officer III Danielle Olsen         

Police Officer III Louvenna Pallas       

Police Officer II Justin Saffar             

Police Officer II Alysha Voytell  

Police Officer III Eric Werkmann

A Commendation –  Awarded to an employee who makes a significant contribution to the mission of the department beyond the ordinary call of duty. It recognizes those incidents wherein the member’s courage, resourcefulness, tenacity, and/or perseverance in the performance of the employee’s duties has resulted in the protection of life or property, the prevention of a major crime, or the apprehension of an armed and dangerous criminal.

Commendation Recipients:

Police Officer III Robert Atack    

Corporal Athanasios Bakalis 

Corporal Raymond Bennett  

Police Officer III Nicholas Bonturi   

Police Officer II Sean Brennan

Sergeant Keith Duggan

Police Officer III Michael Giacalone 

Police Officer III Percell Gregory Jr.  

Police Officer II Eric Houston

Police Officer I James Mirra

Sergeant Brian Parker 

Police Officer III Andres Ramirez  

Police Officer II Charles Ricucci  

Police Officer III Holman Santos

Police Officer II Katelyn Stevens

Police Officer III James Walls 

Police Officer III Gregory Walker

Police Officer III Alan Yuill  

Problem-Oriented Policing Award – The Problem-Oriented Policing Award is designed to recognize a person or group, who has gone above and beyond the person’s normal duties in the spirit of community policing.

Problem-Oriented Policing Award Recipients:

Police Officer II Jason Burkett

Police Officer II Brock Dulko

Chief’s Award – The Chief’s Award will be awarded by the Chief of Police to employees who exemplify the highest standards of service to the community by virtue of their diligence, dedication, and character.

Chief’s Award Recipients:

Captain Darren Francke

Sergeant Mark Miller

 

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MCP Recognizes Interns and Volunteers at Annual Banquet

Yesterday at the 2017 Intern and Volunteer Banquet, the Montgomery County Police Department recognized all of the interns and volunteers that selflessly give their time to the Department.  In 2016, interns and volunteers contributed approximately 30,882 hours to the Department.  Currently there are 72 active interns and 72 active volunteers.

The following interns, volunteers, and supervisor received special awards at the banquet:

Chief’s Certificate of Appreciation

  • Meg Baker

Volunteer of the Year

  • Clare Jacocks

Outstanding Volunteer Award

  • Michael Coxen
  • Dr. Abby Morris
  • Bruce Redding
  • Bill Richbourg

Intern of the Year

  • Kevin Siroka

Outstanding Intern Award

  • Michael Chatlin
  • Kathyrn McClaflin

Gloria A. Carter Memorial Award

  • David Fisher

Robert B. Davis Memorial Award

  • Dr. Joel Buzy

Noah A. Leotta Distinguished Service Award

  • Haley Johnson

Supervisor of the Year

  • Ryan Mattsson

5 Years of Service Awards

  • Barkhad Hamud
  • Brianna Morey
  • Pamela Thompson
  • Paul Weiss

10 Years of Service Award

  • Annette Luyegu

20 Years of Service Award

  • Steven Ornstein

25 Years of Service Award

  • Roseann Schneider

For more information about how to volunteer or intern with the Montgomery County Police Department, please visit:

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/volunteer/intern.html

Thank you to all of our interns and volunteers for providing such a valuable service.

Montgomery County Police Department interns

Montgomery County Police Department volunteers

 

 

 

 

43rd Annual Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards

Today, March 31, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce recognized local public safety personnel for their acts of bravery and heroism at the 43rd Annual Public Safety Awards luncheon.

Congratulations to the following Montgomery County police officers who were honored today for their responses to the following incidents:

  • Northampton Drive Repeat Offender
    • Officer Yves Didier N’Kodia, Honorable Mention
  • Domestic Violence in Germantown
    • Sergeant Manuel Saponara, Honorable Mention
    • Officer Brian Holloway, Honorable Mention
  • Suicide Attempt in Germantown
    • Officer Dale Steffen, Honorable Mention
  • Deadly Shootings at Westfield Montgomery and Aspen Hill shopping centers
    • Officer David Kocevar, Bronze Award
    • Sergeant Brady Clouser, Bronze Award
    • Corporal Jeffrey Rachael, Bronze Award
    • Detective Donnie Oaks, Bronze Award
    • Detective Kenneth Halter, Bronze Award
    • Detective Roger St. Louis, Bronze Award
    • Detective Thomas Tippett, Bronze Award
    • Detective Richard Volpe, Bronze Award
    • Detective Charles Bullock, Bronze Award
    • Detective Dominic Dinisio, Bronze Award
  • Flower Branch Apartments Explosion/Fire
    • Officer Jeffrey Hughes, Silver Award
    • Unit Awards to:
    • Sergeant Troy Brenner
    • Corporal Jason Halko
    • Officer Jarrett King
    • Officer Daniel Fitzpatrick
    • Officer Maxie Weisz
    • Sergeant Douglas Carr
    • Officer Christopher Soriano
    • Officer Christopher Kemble
    • Officer Patrick Keep
    • Officer Heather Haynes
    • Officer Kevin Crowley
    • Sergeant Paul Bandholz
    • Officer Steven Goldberg
    • Officer Brandi Barber
    • Officer Michael Wengloski
    • Officer Michael Damskey
    • Officer Michael Herda
    • Officer Gregory Pagonis
    • Officer Cody Fields
    • Officer Keven Argueta
    • Officer Nathan Bush
    • Officer Jacob Zaika
    • Officer Joshua Swecker

The Montgomery County Police Department is publicly releasing for the first time, body-camera video from the emergency response to the overnight August 10 into August 11 Flower Branch Apartments explosion/fire:

VIDEO: Emergency Response to 2016 Silver Spring Explosion/Fire Including Body-Camera Footage (Edited):

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: Emergency Response to 2016 Silver Spring Explosion/Fire Including Body-Camera Footage (Full Version):


 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see the 43rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards program for more detailed information regarding the awards and award recipients.

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MCP Holds Quarterly Award Ceremony

The Montgomery County Police Department held its Quarterly Awards Ceremony today at the Public Safety Headquarters. The awards ceremony featured the presentation of the Medal of Valor, the Life Saving Award, and Commendation. The award recipients are as follows:

Medal of Valor – The Department’s highest award.  The Medal of Valor is awarded to an employee for heroism and distinction in extremely hazardous circumstances. In order to be considered for this honor, an employee must exhibit unusual bravery in the performance of duty while facing the threat of death of serious injury.

Medal of Valor Recipients:

Police Officer III Jeffrey Hughes

  • On August 10, 2016, Officer Hughes was working off duty at the Flower Branch Apartments.  Officer Hughes had left the apartments to assist another officer with a call for service at the Long Branch Library when he heard a loud explosion nearby.  He returned to the Flower Branch Apartments and observed that apartments were on fire and that some of the building appeared to have collapsed.  Officer Hughes assisted residents who were jumping to safety from their burning apartments.  Officer Hughes continued to help residents from the surrounding areas and assist Fire/Rescue personnel in determining the number of possible victims of this horrible explosion.

Police Officer II Daniel Garcia
Police Officer I Mark Monsini
Police Officer II David Schramm
Police Officer III William Seidel
Police Officer II Thomas Tibbs
Police Officer III Stephen Wells

  • Officers attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a suspect involved in a conspiracy to commit murder.  The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and crashed into trees on Emory Lane.  The officers who responded to the collision observed smoke coming from the vehicle and reacting quickly, safely removed the three individuals from the vehicle just as the car became completely engulfed in fire.

Life Saving Award – The award given to an employee who makes a major contribution toward saving the life of another by providing essential medical treatment prior to arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel.

Life Saving Award Recipients:

Police Officer III Kevin Correa
Police Officer I Ashley Mosner
Police Officer II Holman Santos

  • Officers attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a suspect involved in a conspiracy to commit murder.  The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and crashed into trees on Emory Lane.  The officers who responded to the collision observed smoke coming from the vehicle and reacting quickly, safely removed the three individuals from the vehicle just as the car became completely engulfed in fire.

Police Officer III Barton Hudson

  • Officer Hudson performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for approximately 4 minutes on a person that suffered a heart attack until Fire/Rescue arrived.  The individual was transported to Shady Grove Hospital.

Police Officer III Seth Carson

  • Officer Carson performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on an individual that suffered a heart attack.  The individual recovered.

Police Officer III Roderick Cox
Police Officer III Andrew Richardson
Police Officer II Samuel Supnick
Police Officer III Joshua Swecker

  • The above officers applied life-saving measures to an individual that was a suspect in a robbery.  The individual had broken through a window to gain access to a house. The officers found the suspect going in and out of consciousness.  He had a large laceration on his arm, later determined to be an arterial bleed. The suspect was combative.  Officers applied pressure and a hemostatic agent to the wound in an attempt to stop the heavy bleeding. When this failed, officers applied a tourniquet to the arm.  The individual was rushed to the hospital and survived his injuries.

Corporal Joseph Dodson

  • Officer Dodson reached through a fence along the overpass of Columbia Pike and Briggs Chaney Road to prevent a suicidal individual from jumping off the overpass.

Police Officer III Dale Steffen

  • Officer Steffen located a 16-year-old girl threatening suicide on the roof of her house and went on the roof to pull her to safety.

A Commendation – Is awarded to an employee who makes a significant contribution to the mission of the department beyond the ordinary call of duty. It recognizes those incidents wherein the member’s courage, resourcefulness, tenacity, and/or perseverance in the performance of the employee’s duties has resulted in the protection of life or property, the prevention of a major crime, or the apprehension of an armed and dangerous criminal.

Commendation Recipients:

Corporal Raymond Bennett
POIII Nicholas Bonturi
POIII Bassell Ifield
POIII James Walls

  • Officers attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a suspect involved in a conspiracy to commit murder.  The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and crashed into trees on Emory Lane.  The officers who responded to the collision observed smoke coming from the vehicle and reacting quickly, safely removed the three individuals from the vehicle just as the car became completely engulfed in fire.

Corporal Bill Tran
Sergeant Edward Wilcher

  • The above officers responded to a first-degree assault.  The officers located and arrested the suspects and recovered a semi-automatic handgun from the suspects’ possession.  The gun had been stolen in a recent residential burglary.

Police Officer III Andrew Byrd
Police Officer III Andrew Curran
Police Officer III Laura Nichols

  • The above officers received a Commendation for their roles during an incident that involved a suicidal individual with a handgun. Upon arriving at the location, the officers found the person in his vehicle. The individual advised the officers that he had a loaded handgun and additional firearms in the trunk of his vehicle. Over the course of approximately 30 minutes, the officers were able to convince the individual to surrender his handgun and exit his vehicle.

Congratulations to all of the recipients.

MCP Welcomes Newest K9 Graduates

The Police Department welcomes its newest academy graduates  – K9 Arco, K9 Gabby, and K9 Noah.  K9 Noah is named in memory of fallen Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta.

The three K9s graduated from the Department’s K9 Basic Patrol School on Friday, January 6.  This class was comprised of nine K9 teams (dog and police officer handler) representing the Montgomery County Police Department, the Alexandria City (Virginia) Police Department, the Gaithersburg Police Department, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the Laurel City Police Department, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  The K9s and their partners, under the direction of Sergeant Mary Davis of the Montgomery County Police Department and Corporal Jeremiah Kretsinger of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, successfully completed 16 weeks of training.  This training included the skills of article searching, tracking, agility, apprehension, and obedience.

Session 48 Montgomery County Police Department Basic Patrol School Graduates:

  • Sergeant Chris Fumagalli and K9 Gabby
  • Police Officer Sean Pierce and K9 Noah
  • Police Officer Cecil Williams II and K9 Arco

Congratulations to all of the K9 teams!

Sergeant Chris Fumagalli and K9 Gabby

Sergeant Chris Fumagalli and K9 Gabby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officer Sean Pierce and K9 Noah

Officer Sean Pierce and K9 Noah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officer Cecil Williams II and K9Arco

Officer Cecil Williams II and K9 Arco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officer Sean Pierce and K9 Noah, Officer Noah Leotta's parents

Officer Sean Pierce and K9 Noah, Officer Noah Leotta’s parents (Rich Leotta and Marcia Goldman)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officer Noah Leotta's parents and Chief Manger

Officer Noah Leotta’s parents (Rich Leotta and Marcia Goldman) and Chief Manger