Officers honored


A handful of the area's finest were honored Wednesday for their police work.

The Optimist Club of Hagerstown Maryland, Inc., presented plaques to members of the Maryland State Police in Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff's Department and the Hagerstown Police Department during a luncheon at the Venice Inn.

The Optimist Club asked top officials at local police agencies to nominate officers.

Club President David Borggren Sr. said the second week in May each year is Respect for Law Week for all Optimist Clubs.

The local honorees were:

n Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class George A. Fockler.

Fockler, who has been a leader in traffic and criminal enforcement, is a "highly motivated" trooper who "leads by example," said Lt. Greg Johnston, the Hagerstown barrack commander.


n Corporal Peter A. Lazich, Deputy 1st Class Kevin E. Morgan, Deputy 1st Class Richard R. Schleigh and Deputy 1st Class Kirk D. Noaker of the Washington County Sheriff's Department, all members of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force.

Sheriff Charles F. Mades said task force members work long hours away from friends and family to fight the war on drugs.

Noaker recently switched to a federal law enforcement job, Mades said.

n Officer Randall C. Yonkers of the Hagerstown Police Department, who is known as Casey.

Police Chief Arthur Smith said Yonkers, who trains police officer recruits, "has certainly been the star of our field training program."

"Casey makes (a recruit) earn his job," Smith said.

Borggren thanked the police officers at the luncheon for their dedication and protection.

The Optimist Club of Hagerstown is a chapter of a service organization whose motto is "Friend of Youth." The Optimists sponsor events for children, including Youth Appreciation Week in November and an oratorical contest.

Respect for Law Week "inspires a healthy admiration for local law enforcement officials among young people," according to the Optimist International Web site.

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