Police hand out awards for bravery and heroism

May 18, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD


A police officer who saved a wandering 1-year-old from being hit by a dump truck, a 5-year-old boy who knew how to call police to help his mother, and officers and dispatchers who worked past spotty radio communication to apprehend an alleged killer were among those honored Wednesday during a police awards ceremony.

Hagerstown Police Department Chief Arthur Smith handed out more than 50 awards for quick thinking, heroism and resourcefulness to Hagerstown officers, employees and citizens who helped catch alleged criminals and helped save lives.

At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, held as part of National Police Week, wreaths were placed at the department's memorial for fallen officers. As officers and spectators bowed their heads, taps played over the intermittent screeching of a train that passed behind the station.


The following were honored:

  • Officer Wayne Hose, who "happened to be in the right place at the right time" and scooped up a 1-year-old he saw wander into the street and into the path of a dump truck, Smith said.

  • Camden Casey, a 5-year-old boy who "knew exactly what to do" and gave dispatchers helpful information when his mother lost consciousness. "Thanks to his maturity, we have a happy family here today instead of a tragedy," Smith said.

  • Officers with the "A Platoon" and dispatchers Pam Drenner and Andy Grosh, who were working the morning Roxbury Correctional Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten was shot and helped in apprehending Brandon Morris, the inmate accused of shooting Wroten Jan. 26 at Washington County Hospital.

  • Officers Anthony Fleegal, Benjamin Lyncha and Richard Moats, who tracked down Morris and took him into custody near the Pennsylvania state line.

  • Capt. Charles Summers, who apprehended an alleged bank robber "before he got any distance at all from the bank," Smith said.

  • Witnesses Angela Froebe, William Norris III and Timothy Higgins, who called police with "detailed descriptions" of the same alleged robber, leading to his capture.

  • Lt. Michael King and Sgt. Paul Kifer, who investigated hate letters and phone calls sent and made to elected officials, community members, schools and institutions.

  • Detectives with the department's Criminal Investigations Division who investigated an April homicide at Bethel Gardens Apartments.

  • Sgt. Steve Bussard, who prevented an inmate held at headquarters from drowning himself in a toilet. "It's not the first life he's saved since I've been here," Smith said. "It's a testimony to his humanity and his alertness."

  • Officers Jesse Duffey, Tom Niebauer and Andrew Lewis, who rolled "up their sleeves" and tried to revive a stabbing victim who later died.

  • Cheryl Morgan, a part-time police department employee, who works with domestic violence cases.

  • Police department dispatcher Ben Ros, who caught an armed robbery in progress while monitoring the police camera system.

  • Sgt. Tim Wolford and 18 members of Citizens on Patrol, a group of citizens who patrol city streets, who donated their time to act as "the eyes and ears" for police.
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