Chamber of Commerce honoring 17 for service Educators, firefighters rescue workers, police

March 01, 1996|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

In an annual celebration of civic pride, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce soon will praise the county's best educators, firefighters, rescuers and police officers for their distinguished work .

The 17 people -- and one police dog -- will be honored at the chamber's 6th Annual Community Awards Night at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Turf Valley Hotel and Country Club in Ellicott City. Honorees will receive plaques, pins or certificates.

"It is the community pride event of the year," said Ashley D. Williams, a chamber spokeswoman. The event usually attracts more than 600 people, she said. "If we could seat more, we'd have more people attending."

Because of limited seating, the $30 tickets should be reserved early, organizers say. Apple Ford, NationsBank and The Sun are co-sponsors .

Named as "Outstanding Educators" are:

* Andrew Barshinger, principal at Pointers Run Elementary School.

* Barry Enzman, band instructor at Glenelg High School.

* Gail Pleasant, fifth-grade teacher at Waterloo Elementary School.

* Robert Siskind, science teacher at Oakland Mills High School.

* Angela Sugg, social studies teacher at Mt. Hebron High School.

One of the five will be named Educator of the Year at the awards ceremony.

The Fire and Rescue Award honorees are:

* Sgt. Ronald Hoffman, Firefighter of the Year.

* Deputy Chief Don Watson, Volunteer Officer of the Year.

* Sgt. William Rosier, bronze medal.

* Firefighter EMT John Butler, bronze medal.

The Police and Sheriff Award recipients are:

* Police Officer 1st Class Edward Sprinkle and his dog, Gable, Police Officer of the Year.

* Police Officer 1st Class Louis Palazzolo, silver medal.

* Police Officer 1st Class Tyrone Queen, bronze medal.

* Police Officer James Capone, honorable mention.

* Detective Keith Fisher, honorable mention.

* Special Agent Lawrence Forletta, honorable mention.

* Police Officer Robert Schoene, honorable mention.

For more information call (410) 730-4111.

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