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Coccodrilli named Trooper of the Year

May 21, 1997

By SAMANTHA KRULEWITZ

Staff Writer

Trooper 1st Class, Ronald R. Coccodrilli of the Hagerstown Barracks has been honored as the Maryland State Police Alumni Association's 37th Trooper of the Year.

He received the award last Wednesday.

Born and raised in Jessup, Pa., Coccodrilli joined the Maryland State Police in 1984. Coccodrilli, 35, has worked the Beltway area, road patrol in Cumberland, and commercial vehicle enforcement in Washington County.

For the past three years, he has been working road patrol for the Hagerstown barracks, covering the southern end of the county.

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"I rather (like) the shift work, working out of the barracks," Coccodrilli said. "It seems to help out at home."

Coccodrilli and his wife Maryann have a 4-year-old son Stephen and another child on the way, he said.

Before receiving the Trooper of the Year award last Wednesday, Coccodrilli was selected as Hagerstown Barracks Trooper of the Year for 1996.

"I was even more surprised to get the alumni award," Coccodrilli said. "It is more prestigious. It is all retired troopers of every rank."

Hagerstown Barracks Commander Lt. R. Bruce Tanner agreed that the award is important.

"While this award recognizes excellence in law enforcement and commitment to family and community, it is much more; it represents a selection made by those who have worn the same uniform and are linked together by the common bond of being a Maryland trooper," Tanner said.

Coccodrilli was recently recognized by the Washington County State's Attorney Office for his efforts in assisting victims of domestic violence.

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