”Hometown Heroes” recognized by Chesapeake Gateway Chamber
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.