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Four Clear Spring residents honored for work with DNR Police

June 14, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

CLEAR SPRING - When Jeff White applied for a job with Maryland's Natural Resources Police after college, it was his backup plan. He was hoping to be hired as a state biologist.

So when he got the job with the police agency, he figured he'd keep it until he could transfer to a biologist job.

"I fell right in love with the job. I've been at it ever since," said White, whose first position was with the marine division in Ocean City, Md.

White, 55, of Clear Spring, was one of four Clear Spring-area residents who recently were honored for their work with the police agency.

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Clear Spring residents Cpl. Jeff Herndon and Cpl. Brenda Rohrback, and Officer Angela Englehart of Big Pool, also were honored, according to a news release from the state agency.

Natural Resources Police is the enforcement segment of the Department of Natural Resources. Police services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services, conservation and boating law enforcement duties, according to the news release.

A ceremony April 27 in Annapolis recognized several Natural Resources Police employees.

White, Herndon and Englehart received superintendent's commendations, according to the news release.

White, a corporal, has worked for the agency for 31 years, including the last few as a contractual employee after retiring in 2007, he said.

White is in charge of 97 volunteer reserve officers. They aren't police, but they serve as eyes and ears in state parks for the police, he said.

He also is the search coordinator for the agency's tactical response team, which conducts armed woodland searches for armed suspects, and is starting a reserve officer search-and-rescue team, White said.

Herndon helped process more than 150 controlled dangerous substance cases in Allegany County, Md., said Brian Albert, NRP spokesman. He works in the western region.

Rohrback received a certificate of appreciation for helping to physically train the last recruit class, Albert said.

Rohrback helped 18 recruits at the Sykesville, Md., academy with physical fitness training, Albert said. The recruits graduated in September 2009 and are in the field.

One of those graduates was Englehart.

"I always wanted to do this," Englehart said, adding that the agency isn't often hiring.

Englehart used to work for Sharrett, east of Hagerstown.

She said she applied for the NRP job because she loves to be outside, and she enjoys hunting and fishing. The main part of her job is enforcing hunting and fishing regulations, as well as boating laws, she said. She's assigned to Baltimore County, Md.

Englehart helped make more than 90 controlled dangerous substance arrests while working in Allegany County with field training officer Cpl. Harry Cage, Albert said. Most of the arrests were in Green Ridge State Forest. In eastern Allegany County, Green Ridge is the second-largest state forest with 46,000 acres, according to the Forest Service's website.

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