Wounded officer gains promotion

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

January 06, 2007

A canine officer shot while on duty last month was one of 20 Baltimore County police officials who celebrated promotions yesterday at Villa Julie College in Stevenson.

With more than 100 people in attendance, David Garner received a standing ovation as he was promoted to corporal in the department's K-9 Division.

Garner was shot about three weeks ago during a search for an armed robbery suspect. During the search, the robber fired at Garner, striking him twice.

"I feel very lucky and grateful for all the people that helped me Dec. 14 and the weeks that followed," Garner said following the ceremony.

Garner said he wasn't sure what day he'll return to work, but added that he doesn't "want to go behind a desk."

"I'm not going to allow a thing to change the way I do things," he said.

Nick Shields

Weather problems

Fire victims transported by boat

Foggy weather forced two burn victims from the Eastern Shore to be transported across the Chesapeake Bay by boat to a Baltimore-area hospital for treatment, county fire officials said yesterday. About 11:20 a.m. county fire officials received a call from Kent County officials requesting assistance to transport two burn patients to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, county fire officials said.

The two young adults had suffered burns in a marina boat fire in Kent County, said Elise Armacost, a county fire spokeswoman. Baltimore County fire officials traveled in two boats to a marina in Kent County and transported the men to a marina near the 900 block of Seneca Park Road in Bowleys Quarters, Armacost said. The men were then transported by ambulance to Bayview, Armacost said.

"Typically, patients like these would be taken by helicopter but, because of the weather, that wasn't possible," Armacost said. "So the transport was accomplished by boat." The men's injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, she said.

Nick Shields

Fire Department

EMT applicants sought

The Baltimore County Fire Department will accept applications for the position of probationary emergency medical technician until Feb. 9, officials said. Application forms and instructions are available online through the county's Office of Human Resources. More information about qualifications and a job description can be found online or by calling the applicant division at 410-887-FIRE. Applications are also available at Baltimore County career fire stations, officials said.

Educators of Year

Chambers honor 23 teachers

The Essex-Middle River-White Marsh Chamber of Commerce has named 23 county teachers to receive its Educator of the Year award. The teachers, who were nominated by their principals and chosen by Chamber of Commerce committee, were selected based upon criteria that included: at least five years in education, demonstrated classroom leadership, involved in extracurricular activities, and respected by colleagues and students.

The teachers are: Randi Manfredi, Chesapeake High School; Heather B. Insley, Chase Elementary; Philip J. Bressler, Eastern Technical High; Christine A. Eick, Deep Creek Elementary; Valerie A. Steedman, Kenwood High; Barbara N. Pivonski, Essex Elementary; Sharon M. Skopp, Glenmar Elementary; Monica A. Willson, Overlea High; Joyce E. Newton, Hawthorne Elementary; Elizabeth M. Conn, Perry Hall High; Susan A. Fleming, Kingsville Elementary; Tirrell M. White, Deep Creek Middle; Sharon Cochran, Mars Estates Elementary; Richard W. Constantineau, Golden Ring Middle; Kristin A. Kraus, Martin Boulevard Elementary; David R. Moore, Middle River Middle; Jo Ann Schaeffer, McCormick Elementary; Kimberly A. Strzegowski, Stemmers Run Middle; Carol Yoos, Middleborough Elementary; Anne S. Groth, Middlesex Elementary; Wendy A. Kraft, Oliver Beach Elementary; Kelley M. McVicker, Seneca Elementary; Ann L. Boyer, Carney Elementary.

Honors for women

Names wanted for annual awards

The deadline is nearing for the Baltimore County Commission for Women's annual Woman of the Year and Young Woman of the Year awards. Women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the community, workplace or school to further the interest of women and families are eligible for the county's Woman of the Year award. Nominees for Young Woman of the Year must be high school seniors in Baltimore County. Previous winners and elected officials are not eligible to be nominated. The deadline is Friday. The awards will be presented in March. For nomination forms and more information: 410-887-3448 or baltimorecountymd.gov/agencies/women.

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