and a broken shoulder, kept him in the hospital for about two weeks.
“I want to first thank the first responders who saved me and ask everyone to be responsible drivers ... but, I especially thank you for the sunrise,” said Cusmano to a standing ovation from the room.
Cecil County Director of Emergency Services Richard Brooks reminded those who attended the appreciation dinner at the Upper Chesapeake Ballroom in North East that first responders often have pretty tough days.
County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bonnie Grady called the event, which was held for the first time this year, “historic” and one that will grow bigger each year.
“We are indebted to you. You are our heroes,” Grady said as she and County Chamber Chairman Jake Ruddy began handing out certificates of appreciation to 38 members of fire companies, law enforcement agencies and emergency services organizations from all over Cecil County.
Each recipient was selected by the superiors in their organization to be honored for outstanding work.
The honorees include: Trooper Charles Tittle of the Maryland State Police North East Barrack, Lt. Stephen Cummins and Lt. Samantha Riley, both of EMS, Sgt. William Jolly in the Cecil County Detention Center, Sgt. Ronald Schmidt of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office, Cecil College Chief of Public Safety William Woolston, Delmarva Power troubleman Kyle Schaen, Cecilton Volunteer Fire Company Truck Capt. Joe Mahaffey, Cecilton Volunteer Fire Company EMS Capt. Dave Sakers Jr. and Cecilton Volunteer Fire Company board member Charlie O’Neal.
Honorees from the Charlestown Volunteer Fire Company included Truck Capt. Jason Barrow, captain and board member Mark Rhodes and Assistant Chief Thomas Bicking.
Volunteer Fire Company of Chesapeake City selected Deputy Chief Jeffrey Ritter, Paramedic and EMS secretary Randy McLennan, and Secretary and board member Heather Cunningham.
Elkton Police Department picked Officer Thomas Saulsbury, who was also their officer of the year in 2015.
Hack’s Point Volunteer Fire Company selected assistant chief and board member Frank Redford, EMS Lt. Mary Wassmer and Fundraising Chair Joan Booth for recognition.
The North East Volunteer Fire Company chose Terry Allen, a firefighter, Edwin Hoover, an EMT, and Koty Ross Wright, chair of building maintenance, for recognition.
The North East Police Department selected Cpl. Stephen Yates while Perryville Police Department selected Det. Jerry Warner.
The Community Fire Company of Perryville chose Lt. Bradley Willis, who is assistant chief; EMS Captain Brittany Spies and First Assistant Chief Brian Jones.
The Community Fire Company of Rising Sun selected William Culver, a firefighter; EMS Lt. Melissa Kearney and Treasurer Suzanne Wehry, while the Rising Sun Police Department picked Master Police Officer Stephen S. McKinney, who serves as the department’s school resource officer and D.A.R.E. instructor.
Singerly Fire Company chose John Yedinak Sr., a firefighter, driver and assistant engineer, along with EMS Lt. Kara Budzialek and Director Franklyn Lewis, who is in charge of fundraising.
Water Witch Fire Company of Port Deposit honored Randall T. Bannon, a firefighter, EMS Captain Karen Mott and EMS Chief Wayne Tome Sr.
County Director of Emergency Services Richard Brooks speaks during the Cecil County First Responders Appreciation Dinner on Thursday.