Sher­iff presents 2016 awards

Record Observer - - Front Page - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

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.”

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