Two members of the state police in Carroll County have been honored as Maryland's best in 2006.
Tfc. Eric D. Workman, 37, and Sgt. Robert J. Stryjewski Jr., 43, were named Maryland State Police Trooper of the Year and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, respectively, this week.
One of more than 30 nominees, Workman has been lauded for his skill at tracking fugitives and his work as the primary investigator in a case involving a 112-acre Carroll farm and five pigs that tested positive for trichinosis.
"It wasn't too surprising to me," said Detective Sgt. Chuck Moore, who has supervised Workman during his tenure at the Westminster barracks. "He stands out. He works hard. He goes above and beyond what I ask of him."
Since May, Workman has been assigned to a gun task force in Baltimore.
The trooper came into the spotlight in December when he was critically wounded while he and members of a fugitive task force tried to arrest a suspect days after a Carroll home invasion.
The suspect, Steven T. Jones, was in an upstairs room of a Baltimore County home. He began shooting at the police as they climbed the stairs, and hit Workman, who was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, state police said.
Workman returned to work in March.
"Things are going well," he said yesterday of his work and health.
Stryjewski, who was 2001 trooper of the year, supervises Carroll's drug task force. His work in stepping up enforcement efforts was highlighted as part of his "exemplary" performance over the year, state police said. He was one of 28 nominees.
Under Stryjewski, the task force saw surges in recoveries of firearms and drug money, vehicles seized and felony drug arrests -- as well as a significant increase in cocaine seized, according to state police.
"I consider what I do a very small part because I do have such a great group of people," Stryjewski said, adding that the people he works with "make it a lot of fun to come to work and do what we do every day."