Davis gets Mow­bray Award

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

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.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

War­den LaMonte Cooke, left, presents NRP Of­fi­cer Bran­don Davis with the 26th an­nual Mow­bray Memo­rial Award from Centreville Ro­tary Club.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice Sgt. Roy Rafter, left, with NRP Of­fi­cer Bran­don Davis at the Centreville Ro­tary’s an­nual law en­force­ment recog­ni­tion.

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