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Officers honored by sheriff's department

June 20, 1998

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

Heroes of all types were honored at Friday's biennial awards luncheon for the Washington County Sheriff's Department:

- Deputy First Class Tom Routzahn received an award of valor for coming to the aid of a woman who was shot at her Garis Shop Road home in May, 1997.

- The Funkstown Volunteer Fire Department was cited for providing lighting for the police investigation at that Garis Shop Road incident.

- Deputy First Class Bill Blair earned his award of valor for a December, 1997, hostage situation in Smithsburg.

- Deputy First Class Paul Boyer received a meritorius service award for apprehending a bank robber in November, 1996.

- Deputy Kenneth Cain's role in apprehending two Williamsport bank robbers in October, 1997, earned him a meritorius service award.

- Merle and Brian Bussard were recognized as civilians who gave information vital to the apprehension of the two Williamsport banker robbers.

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- Deputy James Grimm won the spirited service award.

- Deputy First Class William Malott was named deputy of the year for his overall performance on the job.

- Maryland State Police troopers David Harper, Marty Speak and Kirk McKendree received certificates of merit for their assistance to deputies at the Williamsport bank robbery and the Garis Shop Road incident.

- Washington County Narcotics Task Force agent Wayne Ditlow was cited for aiding deputies in two investigations - the August, 1997, murder of a Greencastle, Pa., man, and a 1997 shooting at the Motel 6 near Valley Mall.

- Val Redick and Kenneth Monn were recognized for their volunteer work with civilian fingerprinting and computer programming, respectively.

- Retired K-9 Abbey was honored for her eight years of service. K-9 Thor, who died on the job in 1989, also was recognized.

Other top awards for 1997 included Deputies Richard Peacock, most criminal arrests (33) and most traffic citations (393); Richard Schleigh, most drunken driving arrests (27); William Malott, most arrest warrants served (60); Paul Boyer and Maeve Starliper, most judicial warrants served (224); and Pete Lazich, most criminal charges lodged from investigations (78).

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