GERARD NEVILLE, 77, of Finksburg, with the Baltimore City (( Police for 25 years, the last 15 in charge of the mounted police. For the past three years, he has been a volunteer two days a week at the Maryland State Police's Westminster barracks.
Organization's comments: "It's pretty important to have someone coming in on a regular basis, someone who knows police work. It really helps me," says Trooper Jim Emerick. "Whoever needs help, he'll help. He's a jack of all trades. And he helps us with crime prevention work, teaching citizens how not to be victims." "Over time we've built up a good friendship. He's trying to teach me to ride a horse."
Volunteer's comments: "Three years ago I was taken to the hospital in a MedEvac helicopter for an aneurysm, and I was talking to the trooper in the helicopter. He said they could use volunteers. So as soon as I got out of the hospital, I came up here. When you've been in law enforcement all your life, you like to keep up with it. I love working here. They're a bunch of fine men."
Background: Mr. Neville grew up in Irvington, the oldest of 15 children. He joined the city police force in 1941 and remembers being on patrol during the 1940s in a 1941 Hudson police car with no heat, no siren and no red light. After he joined the mounted police in 1951, he trained all the horses and the officers who served under him. For 10 years he rode the same horse, a "beautiful bay" named Bud, who learned to stop for red lights and go on green. He and his wife have a son and a daughter. In addition to his volunteer work, one of his favorite activities is being with his 3-year old grandson, Christopher Gerard.
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