Officer honored for rooftop police work

NEIGHBORS

March 14, 2001|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GLEN BURNIE resident Keith Powell had been on the Hyattsville police force only a few weeks when he earned one of its highest honors - the Bronze Medal of Valor.

Powell received the award recently for action he took while he was still in field training.

"A juvenile tried to burn down a group home," he said. "He set the fire in three different locations, and there were about 10 people living there."

Prince George's County firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control, but the suspect was still at large - until Powell found the juvenile on the roof. He was arrested on a charge of arson.

Powell joined the Hyattsville department in June, but was not new to police work; he spent three years with the Baltimore public schools' police unit. He also has a dozen years of military experience, between his service in the Army - participating in Operation Desert Storm - and the National Guard.

He received an associate's degree in criminal justice last year from Anne Arundel Community College.

Powell spends his spare time with his fiancee, Carla Robinson, and his 10-year-old daughter, Kiara, whom he calls "my little deputy."

He once envisioned a career in civil service, but he's happy to have found his way into police work.

"I'm a people person," he said. "I don't go to work thinking, `I'm going to save the world.' You do what you can."

Swim memberships

Summer must be just around the corner. The Country Club Estates Recreation Association has begun accepting membership applications for the coming swim season.

Facilities at the club include a 25-meter, six-lane pool; a separate, fenced-in kiddie pool; a sandbox and gym set; volleyball court and horseshoe pit. There is also a brick grill, a pavilion with picnic tables and a clubhouse. The club maintains a launching facility and pier on Marley Creek.

Children of members can join the association swim team, which competes against other swim clubs.

An annual membership costs $275 per family if paid by March 31; cost is $300 after that date. Fees are reduced for families in which the head of household is 55 or older. Seasonal guest passes are available for an additional charge.

Families can also select a social/recreational membership, which provides use of the boat ramp only. The cost is $110.

Association facilities are located in the Country Club Estates neighborhood. The club draws its membership from a wide area, including Point Pleasant, Shannon Square and Ferndale.

Applications and information: membership coordinator Sue Martin, 410-761-0317; or President Dan Nicolaisen, 410-551-4972.

Bereavement support

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church is sponsoring a nine-week bereavement support program that will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the parish hall, 126 Dorsey Road, beginning April 4.

The Christian "New Day" program is designed to guide individuals through the grieving process. Participants will receive a personal journal in which to record their thoughts. With the guidance of a facilitator, individuals will be encouraged to share their stories in a small-group setting.

Registration and information: Sister Vera Green, 410-761-5273, Ext. 13.

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