A decorated Vietnam War veteran and former Maryland state trooper was to be honored last night as Howard County's Officer of the Year for 2003 at a police awards ceremony in Ellicott City.
Pfc. William E. Vogel, a 10-year veteran of the department, received the award during a ceremony for police officers and civilian police employees. Vogel is a day-shift patrol officer who works in the rural, western end of the county.
Last year, Vogel left his mark on the department on several fronts, according to a department newsletter that announced his award last month. He assisted in a burglary detail in his patrol area, attended community meetings to help address "quality of life" issues, and he served as a negotiator in hostage and tactical situations. He was also a field training officer and mentor for recruits.
Vogel assisted in a bank robbery investigation that led to an arrest. He also "obtained confessions in many cases throughout the year with his amicable manner and calm demeanor," the newsletter stated.
Vogel served for two years in the Army in Vietnam, for which he received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal. He served for four years as a police corporal with the Greenbelt Police Department and more than 20 years with the Maryland State Police as a detective sergeant. While with the state police, Vogel was named Trooper of the Year in 1977, Howard police said.
Others honored yesterday include Officer Bryce Buell, outstanding community service officer of the year; Officer Bradley Cornwell, first-year service award; Tina Werbickas, civilian employee of the year; Larry Mindel, telecommunicator of the year; and Thomas Aston, auxiliary officer of the year.