City officer among 2 given awards by Sun

April 13, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore police officer who pulled a wounded suspect out of the line of fire and a Montgomery County officer who spends his money on community projects were given top awards yesterday by The Sun.

The awards were handed out yesterday at The Sun's 43rd annual Police Officer of the Year luncheon, attended by a record 109 nominees from police agencies throughout Maryland.

Officer Kevin J. Allis of the city's Southeastern District was given the Excellence in Law Enforcement award. Officer Charles Welter received the Excellence in Community Service award. Each officer will receive a $1,500 check.

Mayor Martin O'Malley, the keynote speaker, praised officers and promised to reduce crime in Baltimore, one of the most violent cities in the nation.

Police, the mayor said, are often "the only thing standing between us and our loved ones, and the violent criminals who would not hesitate to end our lives for whatever is in our wallet."

O'Malley said that too often, the accomplishments of officers are overlooked. "Every day we read in the paper or see on TV the people who are dying in this city, and we rarely hear about the lives that we save," he said.

Allis was recognized for saving a life. He responded to an armed robbery Sept. 28 at the Mee Too Inn on Pulaski Highway after a city sheriff's deputy had wounded one of three armed men who had tried to rob the bar.

A supervisor wrote The Sun's independent judges that Allis "entered the line of fire and pulled the wounded man to safety," enabling the man to survive wounds that might have been life-threatening.

Welter was recognized for his work in the Rosemary Hills neighborhood of Montgomery County, where he works with children considered to be at risk, coaches soccer teams, organizes toy drives and spends his money to develop programs rams.

"I think everybody in this room probably knows officers who aren't recognized for things who could easily be up here also," Welter said.

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