Davis gets Mowbray Award
CENTREVILLE — Centreville Rotary Club recently named Maryland Natural Resources Police Officer Brandon Davis its top cop for Queen Anne’s County in 2015, awarding him the 26th annual Sgt. Wallace J. Mowbray Memorial Award.
The award is presented annually to a law enforcement officer in Queen Anne’s County. Each of the seven law enforcement agencies serving the county is asked to nominate one person for consideration by the Rotary selection committee.
The award is named for Maryland State Police Sgt. Wallace J. Mowbray, who was murdered in 1975
outside Baker’s Liquors in Chester, while investigating suspicious criminal activity. Each year since 1992, the name of the recipient is engraved on a plaque that hangs on the wall of the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court.
This year, Rotary received nominees from all seven agencies. The selection of one individual from many deserving candidates is a most difficult task, said Rotary member Tom Harlan.
All those nominated are recognized for their dedication to law enforcement and to protecting the safety of Queen Anne’s County residents. There are also examples of true heroism.
Warden LaMonte Cooke with Queen Anne’s County Department of Corrections addressed the group assembled for the awards.
“We are in an interesting time here in law enforcement,” Cooke said, “Every day on patrol these officers are taking their lives in their hands; theirs is no routine.”
He noted this was the first time all the law enforcement agencies in Queen Anne’s County, including corrections, were recognized.
“All of the candidates [nominated] are worthy of awards and recognition,” Cooke said.
In addition to Davis, nominees were: from the Centreville Police Department, Officer Ian Harding; Queen Anne’s Department of Corrections, Officer Joseph St. Pierre; Eastern Pre-Release Unit, Officer John St. Rosia; Maryland State Police Centreville, Tpr. Kyle Morrison; Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Officer Derrell Hightower; Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, Dfc. Bradford Martz.
Each of those nominated received a certificate, but ultimately one, Davis, received the award of outstanding law enforcement officer.
Davis was nominated by his sergeant in NRP’s Upper Shore Eastern Region for his efforts in the rescue of four victims from a submerged vessel that Davis encountered while on patrol.
Davis, who was patrolling by himself, immediately began to search for possible survivors. He was initially able to locate two females in the water holding on to a blue cooler that was afloat.
Three persons were still unaccounted for and eventually two additional victims were located and rescued. Unfortunately, the fifth victim was unable to be located in time to be rescued.
Warden LaMonte Cooke, left, presents NRP Officer Brandon Davis with the 26th annual Mowbray Memorial Award from Centreville Rotary Club.
Maryland Natural Resources Police Sgt. Roy Rafter, left, with NRP Officer Brandon Davis at the Centreville Rotary’s annual law enforcement recognition.