Police Department honors 47 for dedication, bravery

Recipients at Medal Day include officers, citizens

March 29, 2002|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

The city Police Department has bestowed honors on 47 officers, employees and citizens in its annual Medal Day ceremony recognizing acts of bravery, dedication to service and assistance from the public.

The highest of the awards in the ceremony Wednesday at Baltimore's War Memorial Building was a Silver Star for excellence to Drug Enforcement Unit Detective Bryan S. Campbell for his role in shutting down a major drug ring in 2000 and the arrest of a city police officer who was on a drug dealer's payroll.

As part of his undercover work, Campbell turned over to his superiors more than $20,000 and several ounces of cocaine given to him by a man described as a "drug kingpin."

Awarded a Bronze Star for valor was Agent Matthew C. Knight who, on Aug. 13, 2000, subdued an armed drug suspect, despite threats from the suspect's friends.

Thirty-one other officers were awarded the Bronze Star for Valor,and seven received the Bronze Star for excellent police work.

Others honored included:

Agent Kenneth E. Fatkin, of the Education and Training Division, who received the department's Distinguished Service Award for developing its media production center.

Linwood Price, who received a Citizens Award for aiding Officer Ronald E. Roberts, who fell from heat exhaustion May 29, 2001. He prevented a man from stealing Roberts' weapon, in addition to comforting the officer.

Leslie Leitch, Mary Becker and Pam Verwager, who received the Citizens Award for helping the police in solving the homicides of three homeless men. The group provided a picnic for other homeless men -- guests who provided information to the police that led to the arrests of three suspects.

Leitch is director of the city's office of homeless services, Becker works for Esskay Quality Meats Co., and Verwager works for Utz Potato Chip Co. Inc.

Three others received Citizens Awards for public service for aiding police in tracking down suspects and recovering stolen property.

Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris and Mayor Martin O'Malley presented the awards.

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