17 Carroll residents receive crime prevention awards City of Taneytown, 140 in Maryland are honored by state

November 10, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Mount Airy seat belt advocate and anti-drunken driving activist was among 17 Carroll County residents honored Friday at the annual Governor's Crime Prevention Awards ceremony in Annapolis.

The city of Taneytown and Officer William Tyler also were among the 140 Maryland residents, municipalities and programs presented awards by Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn. Tyler and Taneytown were honored for crime prevention efforts.

Besides Tyler, the Carroll County honorees are: Judith Kressig, a seat belt and anti-drunken driving activist; Cpl. James W. Long of the Westminster barracks of the Maryland State Police; Bill and Betty Dauer, state police clerical volunteers from Eldersburg; and the 12 members of Explorer Post 56 in Westminster.

Kressig is a courageous activist, promoting the use of seat restraints and proclaiming the perils of drinking and driving, Long said.

Kressig, 36, was drunk Sept. 1, 1986, when she crashed her car into a fence post on Gillis Falls Road in Mount Airy. She was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected through the windshield.

"Judy suffered severe head trauma, which still affects her speech," Long said. "After years of rehabilitation, she walks with a limp, but is a tireless warrior when it comes to giving lectures and seminars."

Tyler, a four-year veteran of the Taneytown police, heads the community policing unit for Chief Melvin Diggs and does most of his crime prevention work on his time, said Diggs, who nominated Tyler.

Tyler was instrumental in developing a Block Watch program, where residents keep an eye out for each other, for suspicious activity in their block and alert police if they see criminal or suspicious activity, Diggs said.

Tyler also has enlisted fellow officers to coach youth baseball and football and speak at schools about bicycle safety and drug abuse, Diggs said. He visits senior citizens, and enlisted Sgt. Ed Engel to give public demonstrations with Dany, his police dog.

Long, a 20-year resident trooper, is assigned to Westminster, where he heads crime prevention efforts and helps oversee Explorer Post 56, which operates from the barracks.

Explorers, 16 to 21 years old, assist state police with traffic and parking control, Long said.

"They also help pass out thousands of free pamphlets on crime prevention topics and their efforts help free troopers for road patrol and other duties," he said.

The Explorer program is geared to students in high school and beyond interested in a law enforcement career, he said.

First Lt. Kathy Schwartz of Hampstead, president of Explorer Post 56, accepted the award on behalf of members: Explorer Steve Buckman, Westminster; Cpl. Kenneth Carlisle, Westminster; 1st Sgt. Ryan Gist, Westminster; Cpl. John Hawk, Westminster; 2nd Lt. Joshua Kiblet, Westminster; Explorer Scott Livesay, Westminster; Explorer Chad Pickett, Finksburg; Explorer Nicholas Strong, Finksburg; Explorer Brad Utz, Westminster; Explorer 1st Class Eric Wilder, Union Bridge; and Explorer Timothy Zendgraft, Westminster.

The Dauers have been invaluable in handling clerical duties at the barracks, Long said. Mr. Dauer assists with fingerprinting, and he and his wife help Long with recordkeeping for Neighborhood Watch programs, he said.

Pub Date: 11/10/97

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