Har­ris, Ho­gan re­ceive Ro­tary’s Mow­bray Award

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers hon­ored

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Hang­ing in­side the Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court­house in Centreville is a plaque with the names of all the of­fi­cers who have re­ceived the Centreville Ro­tary’s Law En­force­ment Of­fi­cer of the Year award.

The first award was given in 1976, but it was not con­sis­tently given out an­nu­ally un­til 1992, so 27 in­di­vid­u­als have re­ceived it over that time pe­riod. This year the award went to two peo­ple.

On Thurs­day morn­ing, May 18, Harold Reece with the Centreville Ro­tary Club pre­sented the Sgt. Wal­lace J. Mow­bray Me­mo­rial Award for Out­stand­ing Law En­force­ment Of­fi­cer for Queen Anne’s County in 2016. The award was given to Of­fi­cer Charles Har­ris of Centreville Po­lice and Dfc. War­ren “Scott” Ho­gan of the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Ho­gan was in­jured in the line of duty in De­cem­ber in a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent. He was shot while ac­com­pa­ny­ing a woman to her home to get her be­long­ings and was se­verely in­jured.

Har­ris was the first of­fi­cer to re­spond when Ho­gan was wounded and pro­vided life­sav­ing sup­port un­til fur­ther help ar­rived, Reece said.

Ho­gan was un­able to at­tend the award cer­e­mony as he is still re­cov­er­ing from his in­juries, but he re­ceived the award at a later date.

Har­ris said the sit­u­a­tion was tough but that “ev­ery­one would have done the same for me.” Har­ris said he was thank­ful he had the op­por­tu­nity to help Ho­gan.

Seven law en­force­ment agen­cies cover Queen Anne’s County in some ca­pac­ity, and each de­part­ment com­man­der sub­mit­ted writ­ten re­port for their nom­i­nee for the of­fi­cer of the year award. Each nom­i­nee re­ceived a plaque and a ball­point pen for their ser­vice.

This year’s nom­i­nees and their de­part­ments were as fol­lows: Of­fi­cer Ja­neen Jack­son, De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tion for Queen Anne’s County; Cpl. An­to­nio Junta, Maryland Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice; Trooper Jonathan Stoltz­fus, Maryland State Po­lice Bar­rack “S”; Of­fi­cer Leroy Posey III, Maryland Trans­porta­tion Author­ity Po­lice; Har­ris, Centreville Po­lice De­part­ment; and Ho­gan, Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. The East­ern Pre-Re­lease Unit in Church Hill did not sub­mit a nom­i­nee this year.

“It’s re­as­sur­ing to know that we have in­di­vid­u­als like these that rep­re­sent us daily in their task of law en­force­ment,” Reece said. “It’s not a pleas­ant job. We hear it ev­ery day about some­body, a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer get­ting shot. And they all ac­cept that re­spon­si­bil­ity and go forth and do the work set be­fore them.”

Reece, who served in law en­force­ment for 25 years with the Maryland State Po­lice, said the award was named in honor of Sgt. Wal­lace J. Mow­bray with per­mis­sion from his fam­ily to honor the ser­vice he pro­vided to the county.

Serv­ing with the Maryland State Po­lice, Mow­bray was struck by a shot­gun blast in 1975 that “rang out and broke the si­lence in the im­me­di­ate area” while sit­ting in his ve­hi­cle af­ter check­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion from a few in­di­vid­u­als.

Mow­bray was air­lifted to Shock Trauma in Bal­ti­more, Reece said, where he died shortly there af­ter.

“He was what we re­ferred to as a ‘po­lice­man’s po­lice­man,’” Reece said. “...He was do­ing it be­cause he loved his com­mu­nity and his fam­ily and he pro­tected that com­mu­nity.”

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PHOTOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cers re­ceived recog­ni­tion by the Centreville Ro­tary Club for their out­stand­ing work serv­ing the com­mu­nity dur­ing the club’s Thurs­day, May 18, meet­ing at Centreville United Methodist Church. From left: Cpl. An­to­nio Junta, Maryland Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice; Sgt. John Mey­ers, Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, ac­cept­ing the award on be­half of Deputy Scott Ho­gan; Trooper Jonathan Stoltz­fus, Maryland State Po­lice Bar­rack “S”; Of­fi­cer Charles Har­ris, Centreville Po­lice; Of­fi­cer Leroy Posey III, Maryland Trans­porta­tion Author­ity Po­lice; and Of­fi­cer Ja­neen Jack­son, De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tion for Queen Anne’s County.

Centreville Po­lice Of­fi­cer Charles Har­ris, cen­ter, re­cip­i­ent of the Centreville Ro­tary Club’s 2016 Sgt. Wal­lace J. Mow­bray Me­mo­rial Award for out­stand­ing ser­vice to the com­mu­nity, stands with Centreville Po­lice Chief Char­lie Rhodes, right, and Lt. Kenny Rhodes, left.

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