”Home­town He­roes” rec­og­nized by Ch­e­sa­peake Gate­way Cham­ber

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­[email protected]­pub.com

The Ch­e­sa­peake Gate­way Cham­ber of Com­merce rec­og­nized and hon­ored ex­cep­tional sto­ries of brav­ery, ser­vice, and self­less­ness dur­ing their 11th An­nual Salute to Home­town He­roes event on Thurs­day, No­vem­ber 29.

Ap­pre­ci­a­tion was shown to lo­cal fire, po­lice, med­i­cal, and res­cue per­son­nel who went above and be­yond the call of ser­vice in 2018.

From lo­cal vol­un­teer fire and res­cue com­pa­nies, EMT Ed­ward A. Sit­tler of the Es­sex Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany was rec­og­nized for his “count­less hours” of work with the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“He ex­em­pli­fies what it means to be

a team player and has done ev­ery­thing he can to work to­gether to make the con­sol­i­da­tion a suc­cess,” states his nom­i­na­tion.

Lieu­tenant Daniel Mroz was nom­i­nated for man­ag­ing the Mid­dle River Vol­un­teer Fire & Res­cue Com­pany’s IT Depart­ment and its re­lated sys­tems.

Other awardees were fire­fighter John J. Harding of the Rosedale Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, Lieu­tenant Zachary Wiedeck of White Marsh, and board mem­ber and build­ing project man­ager Ed­ward Grif­fiths who helped over­see the ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion of the Kingsville Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany fa­cil­ity.

The hon­oree from the Es­sex Fire Sta­tion 7’s was EMT/Fire­fighter Ian Bean­land, who is also a mem­ber of Har­ris­burg Air Na­tional Guard, 193rd Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Wing and cur­rently is de­ployed with the ANG, serv­ing at the Na­tional Guard Bu­reau on an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sign­ment. Dur­ing his de­ploy­ment, he was able to pro­mote to MSGT.

Fire Lieu­tenant Dawn M. Miller of Mid­dle River Sta­tion 12’s was des­ig­nated a home­town hero for func­tion­ing as the bat­tal­ion train­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tor for her shift and co­or­di­nat­ing the monthly train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for nine East­ern Bal­ti­more County Fire/EMS Sta­tions over the past three years.

Other hon­orees within the Bal­ti­more County Fire Depart­ment in­cluded Fuller­ton Sta­tion 8’s EMT/Fire­fighter Cyn­thia S. Gee, Parkville Sta­tion 10’s Para­medic/ Fire­fighter Jesse Knox, Chase Sta­tion 54’s Para­medic Rachael N. Belcher, Perry Hall Sta­tion 55’s Fire Spe­cial­ist Dar­ryl McCray, Sr., and Golden Ring Sta­tion 16’s Para­medic/Fire­fighter Thomas Gagliano.

Es­sex Precinct 11’s Of­fi­cer First Class Trae Lind­say, a three-year vet­eran of the force, was rec­og­nized for his work con­nect­ing with the com­mu­nity’s youth and busi­nesses, of­ten speak­ing to Boy Scout troops and school staff.

Of­fi­cer Em­manuel Espinal of the Bal­ti­more County Aux­il­iary Po­lice was given an award for sup­port­ing the Aux­il­iary Team mis­sion by work­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive, as­signed de­tails, train­ing and calls for ser­vice as­sign­ments.

From the BCoPD’s sup­port op­er­a­tions divi­sion, K-9 Unit Of­fi­cer First Class Joshua List was iden­ti­fied as unit’s top per­former along with work­ing with the Swift Wa­ter Res­cue Team where he was re­cently de­ployed life-sav­ing mis­sions dur­ing flood­ing con­di­tions.

Parkville Precinct 8’s Of­fi­cer First Class Rod­ney Alonzo Ke­nion and White Marsh Precinct 9’s Of­fi­cer Tyler Rivers were also hon­ored.

The Mary­land Civil Air Pa­trol Group 2’s nom­i­nee was Lieu­tenant Colonel Wal­ter Coats, Jr. who was also awarded the Paul E. Gar­ber Award this year, and honor which given to Civil Air Pa­trol mem­bers who com­plete Level IV of the Se­nior Mem­ber Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram.

“He has earned his com­mand pi­lot wings, which re­quires over 3,000 hours in the air. Lt. Col. Coats also has be­come one of the few check pi­lots for the Mary­land Wing, where he has men­tored many pi­lots,” states his nom­i­na­tion.

Hon­oree First Lieu­tenant Danyelle Long of the 175th Wing Mary­land Air Na­tional Guard part­nered with US CY­BER COM­MAND’s Cy­ber Na­tional Mis­sion Force where she led high pri­or­ity pro­jects in de­fense of our na­tion’s crit­i­cal in­fras­truc­ture and gov­ern­ment net­works. While on mo­bi­liza­tion, Lt. Long was the first ANG mis­sion com­man­der to lead Ti­tle 10 op­er­a­tions and also led joint ISR and cy­ber per­son­nel in sup­port of 370+ op­er­a­tions that in­formed 32 POTUS briefs.

So­cial Worker Jhila M. Medghalchi of Med­star Franklin Square was nom­i­nated for the Home­town Hero award by three peo­ple for help­ing save the life of an el­derly woman who was in her care this July.

Mary­land State Po­lice Se­nior Trooper Rod­ney Byrd of the Golden Ring Bar­rack was high­lighted for his work with the com­mu­nity and Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice Of­fi­cer First Class Brian Heck­man got recog­ni­tion for his pro­fes­sion­al­ism, lead­er­ship and mo­ti­va­tion.

Sanovia Lee-Oden, a burn tech­ni­cian at Johns Hop­kins Bayview Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Johns Hop­kins Cor­po­rate Se­cu­rity Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices Of­fi­cer Musa Ikram and Cor­po­ral An­toine Isaac of the Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Bal­ti­more County’s Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety were also de­clared home­town he­roes.

PHO­TOS BY CLIFF O’CON­NELL

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