Group honors 5 Baltimore Co. police officers

March 21, 1997|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Five Baltimore County police officers were honored last nightfor acts of courage and community service at the nonprofit Police Foundation's annual dinner at the Hunt Valley Marriott.

Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan said yesterday he was proud of the officers, calling them "outstanding examples of the courage, dedication and professionalism" in the department. Honored were: Officer David C. Nilsen, a six-year department veteran, who was given the Valor Award for rescuing a woman from her car, which was submerged in 4 feet of water during

heavy rains and flooding on Jan. 19, 1996.

The woman was trapped by rushing water at the intersection of Bellona Avenue and Brightside Road when Nilsen, of the Towson Precinct, jumped onto the roof of the car and smashed a window, allowing him to pull her out.

Sgt. Robert J. Jagoe, an 18-year veteran who heads the Regional Auto Theft Team, who received The Crime Prevention Award. Jagoe has developed auto-theft prevention programs, including public forums and courses for auto theft investigators.

Last year, Baltimore County was one of four departments to receive the National Insurance Crime Bureau Vehicle Theft Award of Merit for its automated program that calls new car owners to inform them about theft prevention measures.

Detective Charles W. Allan, winner of the Exceptional Police Performance Award for his work as an investigator of sexual child abuse cases. A 24-year veteran, Allan, of the Family Sex Crimes Unit, investigated 104 allegations of sexual child abuse last year and made 44 arrests in these cases.

Maj. Ernest L. Crist, a 24-year veteran, recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award for his work in developing a regional crime analysis system.

Officer Donald L. Chilcoat, Jr., a 16-year veteran, recipient of the Community Service Award for his work as an accident reconstructionist on the midnight shift in the Eastern Traffic Division and his involvement in the Cowenton Volunteer Fire Company.

Pub Date: 3/21/97

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