State's attorney honors people for aiding victims

April 24, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office presented six awards yesterday to people who have helped crime victims, including one to 97 local police officers, firefighters and paramedics who assisted workers in New York City after the attacks of Sept. 11.

Other awards went to:

Lorraine A. Chase, former director of the YWCA's domestic violence program in Arnold, who created programs for victims of abuse and for batterers.

Pam Schwikert, a Calvert Memorial Hospital emergency room nurse who saved a woman's life by responding to cues that her estranged husband had kidnapped her.

Chester Taplette III, an Anne Arundel County deputy sheriff who has allayed the fears of young crime victims when they come to court.

Carolynn Grammas, an assistant county attorney who has helped victims of domestic violence.

John Locklear, a case manager at the Division of Correction, for his support in the prosecution of a murder case involving an incident at the Maryland House of Correction.

A ceremony in the Anne Arundel County Courthouse included a slide show of officers' photos in New York City, assembled and put to music by county Officer Richard R. Herrard.

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