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FREDERICK — The Frederick Police Department held its annual awards ceremony Feb. 5. A total of 15 awards were given out for everything from Life Saving to Service, and the premiere award of the night, Officer of the Year, went to Officer Dave Baumhover, who received multiple nominations from fellow officers.
“I am proud of the work our officers have done this year,” said Frederick Chief of Police Gary Barbour. “The annual awards and recognitions are a way to thank them for their efforts.”
A Medal for Life Saving was given to Officer Andrew Fitch, who helped to revive a 7-year-old girl who was unconscious and not breathing near a pool at his apartment complex. He was off duty at the time, and took quick and decisive actions to save the girl’s life.
Officer Brooke Mourey received a Chief’s Commendation for apprehending suspects involved in multiple car wash thefts in the area as well as the DUI Arrest Leader award for 18 DUI arrests in 2013, the most in the history of the award. She also received a letter of congratulations from the state director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
A Medal for Police Service was given to Sergeant Gregg Lotspeich for his dedication to the community through providing training to local businesses, attending Neighborhood Watch meetings, National Night Out events and his special role in the Santa Cops program.
Other notable awards were Chief’s Commendations given to Officers Jared Bakes and Chad Seat for successfully diffusing a potential suicide call involving a gun and to Ian Albert and Steve Walje for apprehending suspects involved in a hit-and-run that fled the scene on foot.
Officer Matt James also received a Chief’s Commendation for apprehending the suspects involved in recurring metal thefts at Glacier Business Park. Town Manager Matt LeCerf presented a Distinguished Service Citation to all of the officers for their exemplary efforts during the 2013 flood.