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Washington County sheriff's deputies honored

September 23, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

Several deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Department last week were honored in Ocean City, Md., at the Maryland State Sheriff's Association's annual conference, according to a sheriff's department news release.

o Deputy 1st Class Danny Watson was recognized as Deputy of the Year for Crime Prevention.

o Sgt. Mike Rafter was Deputy of the Year for Corrections for his work at the Washington County Detention Center.

o Lt. Mark Knight was the Deputy of the Year for Valor. He was honored for his actions in December 2007, on the night Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Nicholson was shot and killed in the line of duty. Knight was commended for the work of his Criminal Investigative Unit, and because he was instrumental in capturing Douglas Pryor, who is charged in Nicholson's death and faces the death penalty if convicted.

Investigator Greg Alton was honored Sept. 8 by the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association during its annual awards banquet in Ocean City. He was recognized for Exceptional Police Performance in 2007.

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Alton was recognized for a 2007 rape and kidnapping investigation he conducted. James Ellis Hackey Jr. of Hagerstown pleaded guilty in December 2007 to three counts of first-degree rape related to that investigation and an investigation by Hagerstown Police. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 100 years.

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