Arundel Notables

August 07, 2002

Glendening names Arundel fire chief to security council

Gov. Parris N. Glendening has announced the appointment of Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Roger Simonds to the 15- member Maryland Security Council.

The council will assist the governor in ensuring that the state maintains a coordinated strategy for detecting, preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from terrorist attacks.

The members will work with state government, federal agencies and local jurisdictions to develop comprehensive emergency plans.

Simonds, a career firefighter, is nationally certified as an expert in hazardous materials, emergency medical services, rescue operations, and domestic preparation for nuclear, biological or chemical attack. He will serve a three-year term.

Annapolis Transit names Bus Driver of the Year

A 28-year old Annapolis native and Broadneck High School graduate has been named Annapolis Transit's Bus Driver of the Year.

Earl Thomas, who joined Annapolis Transit in 1994, was chosen because of his positive attitude and reliability.

Excelsior College honors Air Force cryptologist

Master Sgt. Dennis A. Maurer, a Air Force Cryptologic Training Program manager stationed in the 70th Intelligence Wing at Fort Meade, was named the recipient of the Catherine Craig-Erhardt Memorial Award at Excelsior College's 32nd commencement ceremony July 12.

Excelsior, the nation's oldest virtual college, presents the award in the memory of Craig-Erhardt, a former member of the college staff who helped military service members attain their educational goals. She served as Excelsior's liaison to the armed forces from 1984 until her death in 1986.

Maurer, a 19-year veteran of the Air Force, was selected because of his service to others, commitment to education, academic achievement, and professional and personal achievement.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in liberal studies and has received numerous decorations for service. Maurer's volunteer work includes helping the American Red Cross while serving a remote tour in Korea, assisting in raising money and clothing donations for Korean orphans and aiding a Girl Scout troop in earning merit badges.

He is an active member of the Air Force Top-3 Association, an organization that works to enhance the morale and wellbeing of others by providing funds and assistance to military and civilian organizations and charities.

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