County Council honors Officer of the Year Winner led a project to feed needy families

June 04, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Last Christmas season, Baltimore County Officer William E. Welsh shipped 80 tons of food to needy families -- a feat that has won him the Police Community Relations Executive Council's Police Officer of the Year award.

Last night, the 22-year veteran of the department was honored by County Council members who declared yesterday to be Officer William E. Welsh Day. John Meadowcroft, president of the Community Relations Executive Council, presented Welsh with a plaque.

"I'm just one part of the wheel," said the officer, who is assigned to the department's Traffic Accident Abatement Problem Solving Unit. "A lot of people helped me and it works when everyone works together."

During his three years as project coordinator for the county's Christmas food drive, Welsh has filled thousands of baskets with food and coordinated their delivery to needy families. Last year, he supervised dozens of volunteers who made sure that 2,000 families got a holiday dinner.

When he wasn't working on the food drive, Welsh dressed as Santa Claus for children at Police Athletic League centers. The father of two children -- Joshua, 15, and Brooke, 13 -- Welsh has been a resident of Dundalk for most of his life.

"This is the first award I have ever gotten from the community," he said. "I believe in family and community involvement and that is what we need to promote in the county."

Welsh was chosen by the executive council, an umbrella group of presidents from nine precinct community councils, for his years of volunteer efforts.

"He is modest, but it's a lot of work making sure everything comes to together," Meadowcroft said.

Pub Date: 6/04/96

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