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Explorers will help troopers at Antietam

September 07, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

Sarah Lanosz and Justin Haggerty are getting ready for their roles in the upcoming re-enactment of the Battle of Antietam by brushing up on their history... and their traffic signals.

The two teens are just part of the Maryland State Police Explorer Post 64 who will be working on traffic control at the Sept. 12-14 events which will be held at the Artz farm off Rench Road, south of Hagerstown.

Starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 13, the Explorers will be working with state troopers getting people in and out of the re-enactment area - quickly and safely.

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Then on Sept. 14, the real fun begins.

"We'll be out there at 3:30 a.m.,'' Lanosz said. "The battle actually begins at 5:30 a.m.''

There are 20 young people currently enrolled in Post 64, according to Sgt. Mike Hegedus, one of three advisers for the group, along with Troopers First Class Russ Plante and Jeff Hewett.

"The majority of the Explorers are signed up to help at the re-enactment,'' Hegedus said.

They will also be walking the grounds in pairs during the events, keeping their eyes open for problems or trouble, Hegedus said. And they will be available to answer questions.

All the Explorers will be in uniforms and will have walkie-talkies for communication with advisers and other troopers.

"If they see something, like someone breaking into a car, they will call for a trooper,'' Hegedus said.

He added that no Explorers will be on their own on traffic duty - they will always be with a trooper.

In the past, Explorer Post 64 has helped Hagerstown City Police with special events in the city, at the Clear Spring carnival and the July 4 festivities at Antietam.

In June, they provided needed service at Children's Village of Washington County, patrolling and serving as runners.

"I was a crash test dummy,'' Lanosz said with a smile.

The daughter of Michael and Deborah Lanosz, Sarah is a student at Boonsboro High School.

She has plans of becoming a park ranger and figured this would be good experience.

Justin Haggerty is the son of John and Julie Duckworth. He goes to Williamsport High School and hopes to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy for a career in law enforcement.

Both are 15.

Explorers must be at least 14, maintain a 2.0 academic average or better, pass a background check and have no criminal history, no record of disciplinary problems at school, be of good character and willing to train.

The post, which was organized last October, has traveled to the Mayrland State Police Academy to tour the crime lab, museum and to Frederick to visit the aviation unit.

The next meeting will be Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Maryland State Police barracks.

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