MSP honors sworn, civilian employees of year
PIKESVILLE — Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi April 6 recognized sworn and civilian employees of the year at barracks and units throughout the department, which culminated with the announcement of the statewide Trooper, Non-Commissioned Officer, Police Communications Super visor and Police Communications Operator of the Year.
The statewide Trooper of the Year award was presented to Tfc. John Wildman of the Aviation Command, Frederick Section. The Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for the Maryland State Police was awarded to Sgt. Allen L. Watson, of the Special Operations Division, Emergency Services Unit. The statewide Police Communications Supervisor of the Year award was presented to Sydney D. Sarrichio, of the Rockville Barracks. The 2016 Police Communications Operator of the Year award was won by Police Communications Operator II Bradley C. Laning, of the Centreville Barracks.
Wildman, the 2017 Trooper of the Year, has been with the Maryland State Police since 2015. Wildman is an active trooper who successfully blends his experience as a paramedic with his passion for law enforcement.
In 2017, Wildman led the Aviation Command across all criminal and traffic enforcement categories. During that time, he conducted criminal investigations, primarily stemming from proactive traffic enforcement leading to: seven criminal arrests, eight warrant arrests, 380 vehicle stops, 229 citations, 356 warnings and two DUI arrests.
For 2017, Wildman also responded to 83 MedEvac missions, ranging from pediatric patients being struck by vehicles to adult victims of violence. Wildman effectively performed numerous invasive procedures to treat patients in lifethreatening situations, including endotracheal intubations, chest decompressions and tourniquet applications. Wildman was involved in five rapid sequence intubations in 2017.
This included in August 2017 when Wildman, along with Cpl. Stephen Reuter responded to a call in Queen Anne’s County for a 15-month-old child with seizures whose airway was compromised and was not breathing effectively. The crew performed a rapid sequence intubation and Wildman placed the endotracheal tube in the child’s trachea. Securing the child’s airway allowed him to be ventilated, which improved his poor oxygen levels. The patient made a full recovery and was discharged from the hospital four days later.
Wildman also completed 21 aerial law enforcement/search and rescue missions. These missions included searches for critically missing children and adults and tracking missions for fugitives and suicidal subjects. Over the past year, Wildman used all three of Maryland State Police’s Aviation Command aerial rescue devices: the patient extrication platform bag, rescue basket and the stokes litter.
Also in August 2017, Wildman was deployed from the aircraft, via hoist, at the Prettyboy Dam in Baltimore County. A drowning victim had been resuscitated by the Baltimore County Fire Department, but all efforts to extricate the patient had failed. Wildman completed a stokes litter extraction of the victim in cardiac arrest with
Maryland State Police Superintendent William Pallozzi, left, congratulates Police Communications Operator II Bradley C. Laning for being named Police Communications Operator of the Year.