MDTA Police honor top cops, civilians
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services and the Queen Anne’s County Family YMCA will host a free Family Fun Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6. Activities will be held in the field space behind QACDSS at 125 Comet Drive and beside the YMCA.
There will be free hamburgers and hot dogs provided by Doc’s Riverside Grille, Rita’s Italian Ice, popcorn and cotton candy. Fun for the kids includes face painting, a petting zoo, life size Jenga, moon bounces, balloons, fire truck and more.
QACDSS Director Susan Coppage said, “I am proud of our staff who have worked so hard putting this together. We are really excited to provide a free event for families to spend quality time together.”
BALTIMORE — On April 12, Maryland Transportation Authority Police Chief Col. Woodrow W. Jones honored sworn and civilian members of the MDTA Police who distinguished themselves during 2016.
“These officers make a difference every day they come to work, either by saving a life, removing impaired drivers from our roadways or by taking dangerous weapons and narcotics off our streets,” said Jones. “I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the men and women who serve and protect Maryland’s families and visitors as they travel our great State every day.”
Anne Arundel County resident and six-year member of the force, Officer Paul Pastorek, was named MDTA Police Officer of the Year for 2016. During the year, Pastorek took some 2,900 trafficenforcement actions, making more than 90 arrests, which included 34 impaired drivers. He was named Officer of the Month at the Port of Baltimore Detachment nine times in 2016 and is described as an excellent, self-motivated patrol officer who displays a proactive approach to protecting the Port of Baltimore.
In addition to naming the 2016 Officer of the Year, the MDTA Police presented officers and civilians with more than 100 awards, including Awards of Excellence, Lifesaving Awards, Top DUI Enforcement Awards, Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year, Motor Carrier Inspector of the Year, Dispatcher of the Year and Chief’s Commendations, among others.
Queen Anne’s County resident, Officer Michael Galliher was recognized for Top DUI Enforcement. Galliher is assigned to the Bay Bridge.
Other officers assigned to the Bay Bridge Detachment who were recognized include Officer Nicholas Waltrip for Top DUI Enforcement, Officer William Hotz with a Life Saving Award and Officer Leroy Posey with a Life Saving Award and overall Bay Bridge Detachment Officer of the Year.
Additional recognition went to Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services employees, Kevin Brenner and Debbie Hopkins, who received a Life Saving Award.
Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services received a Life Saving Award from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. From left: Chief Scott Wheatley, Lt. Kevin Brenner, Sgt. Debbie Hopkins and Health Officer Dr. Joseph Ciotola.