Harris, Hogan receive Rotary’s Mowbray Award
Law enforcement officers honored
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 ser vice 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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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.
Centreville Rotarian Harold Reece, left, presents Dfc. Scott Hogan with the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. With Reece and Hogan are Julia Hogan and Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann.
Centreville Rotary Club member Harold Reece, left, presents Maryland Transportation Authority Police Ofc. Leroy Posey, III, a plaque during the club’s Thursday, May 18, meeting for his work serving the community.
Maryland Natural Resources Police Cpl. Antonio Junta accepts a plaque from Harold Reece with the Centreville Rotary Club on Thursday, May 18, as he was honored for the work he does serving the community.
Harold Reece, a retired state police officer and current Centreville Rotary Club member, presents Ofc. Janeen Jackson with the Department of Correction for Queen Anne’s County a plaque for her service to the county during the club’s Thursday, May 18, meeting.