Five Baltimore County police officers -- including one who saved a woman from jumping off her 21st-floor apartment balcony -- were honored for courage, dedication and community service last night at an awards ceremony in Towson.
Officer Joseph E. Yeater of the Towson Precinct received the highest of the Baltimore County Police Foundation awards, the Medal of Honor, for grabbing a woman as she leapt over the edge of her balcony Feb. 8, 1995.
He managed to hold on as the woman kicked and thrashed, about 200 feet above the street.
Also honored were:
Detective Scott A. Canter Sr. of the Crime Reduction Unit, who received the Crime Prevention Award for applying a program that uses landscaping and lighting techniques to thwart crime in several new developments in the county. He also has been active in the development of the Business Watch program that has trained more than 600 people in business-crime prevention.
Cpl. Michael J. Amrhein of the Essex Precinct, who received the Exceptional Police Performance Award work while assigned to the White Marsh Precinct, seizing illegal drugs and drug money and arresting a serial rapist and a robber who had hit several fast-food restaurants.
Detective Sean P. Burke of the Criminal Investigation Division, who received the Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award for his work in the Regional Auto Theft Team. He trains investigators, judges, prosecutors and the public in preventing and solving auto thefts.
Detective Joseph B. Ripple of the North Point Precinct, who received the Community Service Award for developing a half-hour magic show that demonstrates to elementary school students the dangers of using drugs.
Pub Date: 3/29/96