Bel Air honors police dispatcher, Harford Day student

Lynda Eisenhardt was cool under pressure during home invasion in progress call

  • Bel Air Police Communications Operator Lynda Eisenhardt, right, was honored by Commissioner Edward Hopkins and his fellow town board members for her quick reactions and level-headed response during a home invasion in April.
Bel Air Police Communications Operator Lynda Eisenhardt,… (Photo coutesy of Michael…)

A Bel Air Police Department communications officer was honored Tuesday night for her prompt, level-headed actions during a home invasion last month.

The Board of Town Commissioners recognized PCO Lynda Eisenhardt during the town meeting, presenting her with an Employee Recognition Certificate.

The commissioners also honored Harford Day School student Betsy Oursler as Student of the Month for her numerous academic, extracurricular and community achievements.

Employee recognition

Commissioner Edward Hopkins and Police Chief Leo Matrangola presented Eisenhardt's award, Hopkins recounting how Eisenhardt received a call on April 7 from a home in English Country Manor in which the caller reported an man had forced his way into her home and was beating her wheelchair-bound husband.

According to the certificate Eisenhardt received, the watch commander on duty reported Eisenhardt did "an awesome job giving out information to officers by radio" and further stated that she "was able to determine who the people were, who was armed with what and where they were within the home – quickly, calmly and clearly."

"PCO Eisenhardt's experience, professionalism, quick decision and dedication to duty brought order and safe resolution to a chaotic and potentially life-threatening situation to all involved," the certificate states.

Student award

Betsy Oursler was honored for her devotion to community service on and off the Harford Day School campus.

On campus she has participated in all the school's dramatic productions, played on school teams, volunteered at numerous school events and helped students and faculty with tasks large and small, "while maintaining her passion for learning and creativity," according to the certificate Betsy received from Mayor Robert Reier.

Her off-campus activities include serving at Sunday Masses at St. Mary of the Assumption Church and serving as a junior docent at the Hays House during open houses and re-enactments, when she dresses in colonial attire, greets guests and explains the children's room to visitors.

Her largest amount of volunteer time has been devoted to the Girl Scouts, where she has served as a program aide for Brownie Troop 1836; she is also a role model for other Girl Scout troops that meet at Harford Day. As a camp guide in the summer at Camp Conowingo, she received 20 hours of training and helped run a unit of the day camp. A member of Troop 2815 since kindergarten, she has completed the Silver Award.

Her award also notes Betsy has been determined to address the problem of feral cats in the community and, after two years of preparation, she and other troop members, in conjunction with area veterinarians, the Humane Society of Harford County and Project CatSnip, planned, implemented and evaluated a program about responsible cat ownership.

Betsy's parents and other family members were in the audience. She thanked her mom for being her leader for the Silver Award and her dad for "driving me everywhere!"

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