Prince Frederick officer named Trooper of Year by state police

July 29, 2004|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

A trooper who last year issued 2,300 traffic citations and warnings, stopped 45 suspected drunken drivers and made 156 arrests was chosen yesterday as the Maryland State Police Trooper of the Year.

Trooper First Class Jeffrey B. Ferreira, of the Prince Frederick barracks, received the agency's highest honor at a ceremony yesterday morning in Pikesville that also included awards for 70 other troopers and civilians. The annual event was held at state police headquarters.

"Some of the incidents lasted only moments. ... Some of you sustained high levels of performance over a long period of time," said Col. Thomas E. "Tim" Hutchins, state police superintendent. "Long hours and hard work - that's what we're here for."

Among the award recipients:

The narcotics task force that covers Prince George's and Montgomery counties received a unit citation for its work last year. A mix of state police troopers and detectives and Greenbelt and University of Maryland police detectives confiscated 360 pounds of marijuana and 49 firearms and made 81 arrests.

A trooper with the Waterloo barracks in Howard County, Steven E. Johnson, received the life-saving award for helping a frantic mother whose son had choked on a piece of candy in September last year. Johnson was flagged down while patrolling Interstate 95, and he performed the Heimlich maneuver on the 5-year-old boy.

Four troopers received the Governor's Citation - one of the most prestigious awards - for their work during a high-speed chase with a burglary suspect.

Last September, a burglary suspect led state troopers on a chase that began in St. Mary's County and ended in Prince George's County. Shotgun blasts penetrated two of the police cars, and the man aimed at troopers when he got out of his vehicle, state police said. The man was fatally shot by police. A Prince George's County corporal also was honored for his work during that incident.

A trooper with the Salisbury barracks, John D. Revel, also received the life-saving award for his quick thinking at a Fourth of July picnic last year at his home in Quantico. Another trooper's 2-year-old daughter had wandered off and fallen into an inflatable pool. When Revel found her, she was unconscious and unresponsive, but he and her father performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until she began breathing on her own.

Also at yesterday's ceremony, more than 140 troopers were promoted.

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