MCP Holds Quarterly Awards Ceremony

Today (November 6), the Montgomery County Department of Police held its Quarterly Awards Ceremony at the J. Thomas Manger Public Safety Headquarters. The awards ceremony featured the presentation of the following awards: Medal of Valor, Lifesaving, Commendation, Chief’s Award, Supervisor of the Year (sworn and civilian), Chief’s Certificate of Appreciation, and the Montgomery County Police Alumni Association Ethical Leadership Award.  Congratulations to all of the recipients!

The award recipients are as follows:

Medal of Valor Recipient:

Sergeant Scott Brooks

  • 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 or serious injury.

Lifesaving Award Recipients:

Police Officer I Jonathan Acevedo

Police Officer III Glenn Altshuler

Police Officer I Phillip Bolesta

Corporal Robert Farmer

Police Officer III Christopher Jordan

Police Officer III Andrew Synan

Police Officer III Marcy West

Police Officer III Samuel Yun

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

Commendation Recipients:

Police Officer III Ken Hahn

Police Officer III Charles Heffley

Police Officer II Toreno Herbert

Police Officer III Christopher Jordan

Sergeant Sunyoung Kim

Sergeant Eli Kinser

Police Officer III Helga Mathis-Negron

Police Officer I Paul McDonald

Police Officer II Benjamin Peluso

Police Officer III Jeff Rea

Police Officer III Andrew Richardson

Police Officer II Timothy Rueger

Corporal Romand Schmuck

Lieutenant Dave Smith

Sergeant Matthew Weidner

Police Officer II Brooks Wiggans

  • 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 have resulted in the protection of life or property, the prevention of a major crime, or the apprehension of an armed and dangerous criminal.

Chief’s Award Recipients:

Police Officer III Bradley Schmidt

  • 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.

Supervisor of the Year Award:

Sworn: Sergeant Douglas Miller

Civilian: Mark Blackburn

 

Chief’s Certificate of Appreciation:

Lieutenant Wesley Owens (Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)

 

Montgomery County Police Alumni Association Ethical Leadership Award:

Police Officer III Steve Smugeresky

 

 

Chief Manger Announces Promotions

Chief J. Thomas Manger recently announced the following promotions:

Promoted to Captain:      

Lieutenant Sonia Pruitt – assigned to Duty Commander

Lieutenant Jason Cokinos – assigned to the Public Safety Training Academy

Promoted to Lieutenant:

Sergeant Ian Clark – assigned to the 6th District

Sergeant David Smith – assigned to the 3rd District

Sergeant Harley Schwarz – assigned to the 5th District

Promoted to Sergeant:

Police Officer III Michael Fernandez – assigned to the 3rd District

Corporal Joshua Walter – assignment to be determined

Police Officer III Michael Bledsoe – assigned to the 4th District

Corporal Nicole Gamard – assigned to the 3rd District

Corporal Anthony Pindell – assignment to be determined

Police Officer III Thomas Dufek – assigned to the 4th District

Promoted to Corporal:

Police Officer III Susan Duke – assigned to the 4th District

Police Officer III Brian Walburn – assignment to be determined

Police Officer III Fernando Puig – assigned to the 4th District

Congratulations to all of the promotees and best of luck in your new positions!

MCP Holds Quarterly Awards Ceremony

Yesterday (September 26), the Montgomery County Police Department held its Quarterly Awards Ceremony at the Public Safety Headquarters. The awards ceremony featured the presentation of the following awards: Lifesaving, Commendation, Problem-Oriented Policing, and the Chief’s Award.  The award recipients are as follows:

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

Lifesaving Award Recipients:

Police Officer II Domingos Araujo

Police Officer I Michelle Morgado

Police Officer II Mark Hugi

Police Officer II Laura Myers

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 II Sean Brennan

Detective Melissa Dzenkowski

Police Officer I Ronald Felix Fortuna

Police Officer III Michael Giacalone

Public Safety Communications Specialist III Kelly Grasty

Detective Lanjon Guzman

Police Officer III Cody Hobbs

Detective Ian Iacoviello

Public Safety Communications Specialist III Cameron Ivory

Police Officer III Andrew Jacobs

Detective Nicholas Jerman

Detective Robert Johnson

Detective John King

Police Officer III Jesse Knuth

Police Officer III Jared Maurer

Police Officer III Beverly Lafleur

Police Officer III Jason McClain

Police Officer III Bret Mercer

Sergeant Neil Mohardt

Detective Sergeant David Papalia

Detective Sean Reilly

Detective Corporal Breness Smith

Police Officer III Steven Smugeresky

Police Officer III Cecil Williams II

Police Officer III Laura Zito

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 Recipients:

Police Officer III Michelle Ballor

Police Officer II Casey Beck

Sergeant Ijeoma Enendu

Police Officer I Angella Ferrufino

Police Officer II Bradford Fox

Police Officer II Michael Joseph

Police Officer II Aaron McMullen

Police Officer II Ever Reyes

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 Recipient:

Sergeant Kenneth Sanger

Congratulations to all of the recipients.

RLG

Media Advisory: 5th Grade Safety Patrol Member to Receive Lifesaving Award

What:  Captain Thomas Didone, MCP Traffic Director, to present Director’s Lifesaving Award to Jarius Taylor who is a 5th Grader and a member of the School Safety Patrol for Flower Valley Elementary School.

When:  Today, Tuesday, June 12 at 1:45 p.m.

Where:  Flower Valley Elementary School located at 4615 Sunflower Drive in Rockville.

On April 26, Jarius Taylor was monitoring the intersection of Baur Drive and Lake Drive in Rockville when an MCPS school bus arrived to pick up kindergarten students at that intersection.  Taylor pulled a kindergarten student, who began to run across the street to board the school bus, to safety when he observed a vehicle traveling on Baur Drive and not slowing after the school bus had activated its red stop lights.  This incident was captured on the school bus video cameras and is being released.

RLG

 

 

MCPD Detective Recognized by Department of Justice for Exemplary Efforts in Missing Girl Case

MCPD Detective John Witherspoon (holding award) with DOJ Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio.

On Wednesday, May 23, as part of their recognition of National Missing Children’s Day, the Department of Justice presented Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations (SVID) Detective John Witherspoon with a Missing Children’s Law Enforcement Award. The award recognizes law enforcement efforts for significant investigative or program contributions to child safety.

Detective Witherspoon was honored for his exemplary efforts in investigating the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl from Gaithersburg who was later found murdered in Fairfax County, Virginia. Once the homicide was confirmed in Fairfax, he continued to work with Fairfax County Police in tracking down ten gang members who played a role in her death. He also provided personal support to the victim’s family; helping to arrange a community memorial service and to ensure their safety during the investigation.

“Detective Witherspoon demonstrated unusual tenacity in tracking down the vicious murderers of a teenage girl, and also showed extraordinary compassion in supporting her family through the investigation,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jesse Panuccio. “The Department commends Detective Witherspoon for his remarkable combination of personal and professional commitment in this case.”

Witherspoon, who has been with the department for nearly 20 years, investigated and assisted in the recovery of 166 missing children last year. Prior to his current assignment as a SVID detective, he served for ten years as a School Resource Officer at Bethesda Chevy-Chase, Paint Branch, Springbrook and Watkins Mill High Schools.

For more details on this award and the other honorees, see the Department of Justice press release.

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