State Police salute 4

September 22, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Maryland State Police Capt. Rob Turano on Tuesday gave awards to two officers at his barracks, a police communications operator and a county resident in appreciation for their actions during three incidents in 2003 and 2004.

Turano, commander of the Hagerstown barracks, presented the Commander's Award to Troopers Robert L. Embly and Jesse F. Broadwater, a letter of recognition to Anita Bussard and the Good Citizen Award to Roscoe F. Martin. Turano said he chose to invoke his right as a commander to recognize and honor the four because the annual awards from headquarters were delayed amid an administration change.

Turano said he thinks the jobs Bussard, Embly and Broadwater perform do not receive enough recognition.

Martin earned his award as a result of his actions related to a burglary in the 4500 block of Locust Grove Road in the Rohrersville area on Dec. 19, 2003. Martin, who owns and rents the Locust Grove Road property, detained one of two people suspected of being involved in the burglary and gave troopers who arrived a thorough description of the second person, who ran into the woods, according to police.


"From what I understand, it's a good thing we got there when we did or you would have had street justice," Turano joked while presenting Martin with a plaque.

Bussard, who has worked at the Hagerstown barracks for 20 years, earned her award by fielding a call from a distraught, suicidal person who was threatening to jump from a bridge over Interstate 81 on March 3. After the caller hung up on her, Bussard called the man back, had a 30-minute conversation with him and was able to find out who he was, according to police.

Troopers and Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies soon located him and the matter was resolved without incident or injury, police said.

"Sometimes when you're doing the job, you don't realize you're doing the job," Bussard said. "Your compassion about people around you takes over."

Embly, a 15-year state police veteran with 11 years at the Hagerstown barracks, and Broadwater, an 11-year veteran with more than three years locally, earned awards for their efforts investigating a fatal crash on northbound Interstate 81 on Aug. 17, 2003. Through their investigation, it was determined that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The driver, Bryan Lee Markell, 21, of Williamsport, pleaded guilty in February to a charge of homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the death of a friend in that accident.

"The job we do is thankless anyway," Embly said. "If someone takes the time to recognize what you do, you appreciate it."

Broadwater said he is used to doing his job, with or without "pats on the back."

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