MSP hon­ors sworn, civil­ian em­ploy­ees of year

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views -

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.

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