Police foundation to honor 14 officers

Exceptional service, heroism recognized

March 24, 2004|By Lauren Harner | Lauren Harner,SUN STAFF

When Baltimore County Detective Patrick Cohavey opened a coast-to-coast cocaine trafficking investigation, it resulted in the seizure of 250 kilograms of cocaine and $250,000 in cash.

Cohavey's investigation last year involved police in Baltimore County, Los Angeles and Honolulu, as well as federal prosecutors.

For his efforts, the Baltimore County Police Department Foundation will honor Cohavey with its Exceptional Police Performance Award at the organization's 24th annual dinner tonight at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn.

In addition to Cohavey, 13 other members of the Police Department - including nine who made rescues the night Tropical Storm Isabel blew into Maryland - will be honored by the foundation, a collection of Balti- more businesses that provide private funds to the county Police Department.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's editions incorrectly reported the quantity of cocaine seized in a case that gained a Baltimore County detective an award. The correct amount is 21 kilograms.

"We think it's really important to support the people who are protecting and ensuring our safety," said Howard Nixon, president of the foundation and an administrator at Towson University.

The foundation will present five with awards for individual excellence, as well as special awards to the underwater recovery team who aided victims of Isabel.

"We thought their heroic actions were unusual," Nixon said.

Members of the underwater recovery team include Sgt. Wayne T. Lloyd, Sgt. Christopher S. Wrzosek, Officer Bradley J. Lewis, Officer Arthur M. Erdman, Officer Thomas J. Yi, Officer Roland J. Greenwalt Jr., Cpl. Daniel L. Kramer, Officer John L. Kramer and Officer Robert L. Warnick II.

"The situation they dealt with was so extreme and they handled it so well," said Bill Toohey, spokesman for the county Police Department.

Also being honored are:

Sgt. Charles K. Standiford for community service. When he is not working, Standiford coaches softball, sings in a choir and works with mentally challenged youth.

He also helped in the aftermath of Isabel by rebuilding homes, cleaning up debris and fund raising.

Officer Christine D. DeCiancio, of the Woodlawn precinct, for her crime prevention efforts. She worked with Edmondson Heights area residents to decrease trespassing, gambling and narcotic transactions that were occurring.

Detective Gary M. Morgan for distinguished contribution to his profession for his work with the department's Criminal Investigation Division.

Morgan began a project with Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center to ensure inmates wanted on charges in both the city and the county were not overlooked.

Officer Eric L. Cross, for subduing a suspected drug dealer. In a struggle, Cross managed to control an assailant armed with a loaded gun and recover marijuana.

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