13 residents to receive governor's award at ceremony for crime-prevention efforts

November 25, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Thirteen residents representing Carroll County will be honored at the Governor's Crime Prevention Awards Ceremony tomorrowin Annapolis.

Nearly 150 individuals, community groups, businesses, law enforcement officers and agencies were selected for their crime-prevention efforts statewide. Most are expected to attend tomorrow's noon ceremony and luncheon.

The county's award winners are Karl and Esther Byers of Westminster; Roark and Lisa Collier of Westminster; Bill and Betty Dauer of Eldersburg; Seymour Gertz of Eldersburg; Dianna Hepner of Eldersburg; Roger Jaquinde of Eldersburg; Ben Leerman of Westminster; Richard and Virginia Reese of Westminster; and Margaret Thornberg of Mount Airy, which straddles the Carroll-Frederick border. Thornberg lives in Frederick County.

Tfc. Jim Emerick, a three-time award winner, submitted this year's list of nominees for the Westminster barracks after he retired in July. All but one of his nominees were selected, Emerick said Friday.

Taneytown Police Department was a very strong candidate, but was not chosen, he said.

"I am really surprised they didn't win," he said. "The Taneytown officers have put up their own money and a lot of hours on their own time to get the community involved in a lot of different ways. They deserve a lot of credit."

Among the nominees, Emerick said he was particularly impressed by Leerman, a retired Westinghouse supervisor who helped his neighbors overcome fears of troublesome juveniles.

Leerman, 68, put his career skills to work, organizing a Neighborhood Watch program in Campus Heights.

He got 98 percent of his neighbors to participate in three weeks.

"Mr. Leerman stood up to [the juveniles], let them know the neighborhood was watching them and would call police if necessary."

Leerman downplayed his role.

"I had help from just about everyone in the community," he said. "It was mostly prankish stuff, and it stopped once everyone went on alert."

Karl Byers said he was appreciative of the award but wished the money spent on the awards would be used to help the police.

"The police need more help, and I'm just trying to do my little bit to help out," he said.

Pub Date: 11/25/96

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