Sheriff presents 2016 awards
STEVENSVILLE — On Saturday evening, Feb. 18, the staff of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office gathered for the annual awards banquet at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. It was an evening of much laughter, great food and moments to honor for those who put their lives on the line for the local community everyday.
Sheriff Gary Hofmann welcomed the staff, saying, “Support for law enforcement in Queen Anne’s County is amazing. All of you help make this one of the safest places in Maryland to live.” Hofmann also thanked the Maryland State Police, Centreville Barracks, for covering Queen Anne’s County for the evening, so the banquet could take place.
Awards presentations began shortly after dinner concluded. The first award was announced as the most prestigious award of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, the Dfc. Jason Schwenz Memorial Award. It was presented to Lt. Dale Patrick, who has served with Queen Anne’s Sheriff’s Office for the past 20 years. He has served in local law enforcement for a total of 39 years, the other years with Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and one year with the Denton Police Department in Caroline County. Members of the Schwenz family were in attendance to present the award to Patrick, who was honored to receive the award. He said it was especially touching as he was one of the investigators who responded the night Schwenz was killed.
Numerous other awards were given, some for life saving efforts for 2016. Major Dewayne Boardman of the sheriff’s office along with Centreville Police Lt. Kenny Rhodes and Lt. Conrad Meil received recognitions for helping save the life of a young boy whose foot was amputated during an accident with a lawn mower on April 22. Without intervention using a tourniquet, the boy would have died. Also helping save lives in 2016, Dfc. Kevin Fleck, and Sgt. Chris Green prevented a person from committing suicide on Sept. 6. Dfc. Chase Armington and Dfc. Jason Rickard, while on special assignment in Baltimore City May 20, saved the life of a woman who had overdosed on heroin. In a joint effort with QA Emergency Services workers John “Jay” Kundrat and Kevin Carson, Dfc. Terry Copper helped prevent the suicide of a woman on the Kent Narrows Bridge on May 12.
Dfc. Ryan Davidson and Dfc. Andrew Neall received the Narcotics Enforcement Award for investigations leading to arrests of persons for violations of controlled dangerous substances. Dfc. Chad Hartmetz and Deputy Alex Cooper received the DUI Enforcement Award, given to the two deputies who achieve the highest statistical performance in DUI/DWI investigations leading to arrests for persons in violations of such laws.
J.C. Richardson owner of Delmarva K-9 LLC, received the Business Ser vice Award for the donation of a bloodhound named Bella, that he personally trained and donated to the sheriff’s office, saving the county over $10,000.
Two Purple Heart Awards were presented — one to Deputy Steve Creason, who was seriously injured upon being struck a motor vehicle while on duty, and the other to Dfc Scott Hogan, who was shot in the line of duty on Dec. 30. Both deputies are well on their way to recover y.
The meal for the banquet was catered by Catering By Jamie (James Petrides) of Centreville. Music for the evening was provided by DJ Tim Hartley.
Considered the top Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office award, the Dfc. Jason Schwenz Award for outstanding service was presented to Lt. Dale Patrick. From left, members of the Schwenz family: Charles Schwenz, Mike Schwenz, Mia Schwenz and Jason Schwenz II, Lt. Dale Patrick, Marianne Schwenz and Sheriff Gary Hofmann. The award is named in memory of Dfc. Jason Schwenz, who was killed in the line of duty more than a decade ago.
One of two “Purple Hearts” presented during the annual sheriff’s awards banquet, Dfc. Scott Hogan (center) received one for being shot in the line of duty on Dec. 30, 2016. With Hogan are Dfc. Andrew Neall, left, and Sheriff Gary Hofmann.
Deputy Steve Creason, center, is awarded a “Purple Heart” for injuries received in the line of duty. Presenting the award are Dfc. Chad Hartmetz, left, and Sheriff Gary Hofmann. Hartmetz said, “Even though struck by a vehicle, Deputy Creason still showed more concern for those he had been attending to at the scene than his own injury.”