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GDC Sponsors 6th Annual Washington County Public Safety Awards

Awards Highlight Outstanding First Responders in Washington County 

Hagerstown, MD – June 10, 2022

Global Data Consultants, LLC (GDC), a leading IT hardware, managed solutions, and staffing technology provider, attended the 6th Annual Washington County Public Safety Awards Breakfast, held at the Community Volunteer Fire Co. of District 12 Banquet Hall in Fairplay, MD on June 9, 2022.  

GDC is proud to have sponsored the event to honor the top men and women who dedicate their lives to the safety of Washington County’s citizens. 

The Washington County community, along with Chamber Members and area elected officials, were invited to attend this breakfast event to honor the top men and women who dedicate their lives to the safety of Washington County’s citizens. 

Thank you to all first responders in Washington County, we are so grateful to have you all keeping us safe. Congratulations to each of this year’s award winners.

  • Washington County Government – Maryland
  • Hagerstown Police Department
  • Hagerstown Fire Department
  • Halfway Volunteer Fire Company
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland
  • Community Rescue Service Inc.
  • Maugansville Goodwill Vol. Fire Co.13
  • Washington County Division Of Emergency Services
Public Safety Awards Breakfast

Photo courtesy of Washington County Chamber of Commerce

About the Washington County Chamber of Commerce

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to foster and maintain a thriving business climate in which our members and community can grow and prosper. Members include more than 575 organizations, representing over 40,000 local jobs in a wide variety of industries. Learn more at hagerstown.org

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2022 Award Recipients

Public Safety Distinguished Service Award Recipient

This award is presented to a responder who is distinguished from all others of their rank or position. He or she performs above expectation, demonstrates responsibility, and initiated a credible accomplishment in the previous year. 

Hagerstown Police Department

  • Detective Anthony Fleegal

Detective Fleegal has worked for the City of Hagerstown for 21 years and he is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit. 

Medal of Valor Awards

Gold Medal of Valor Award Recipient

This award recognizes an act of bravery involving extreme personal risk that is clearly above and beyond the call of duty or an incident of valor that results in serious injury or death. 

Hagerstown Police Department 

  • Officer Jonathan Zupan

Honoring outstanding service during a 2021 impaired driver traffic stop 

Silver Medal of Valor Award Recipient

This award recognizes acts of bravery involving great personal risk beyond the call of duty. 

Hagerstown Fire Department 

  • Fire Apparatus Operator Tye Porada

Honoring service during a 2021 Noland Village fire 

Bronze Medals of Valor Award Recipients

This award recognizes acts of bravery involving unusual personal risk beyond expectation while performing the usual responsibility. Bronze-level recognition may also be awarded to a member who demonstrates unusual judgement, zeal, or ingenuity during an emergency situation when such an act is beyond that normally expected in the line of duty. 

Hagerstown Fire Department 

  • Brian Snyder, Fire Apparatus Operator

Honoring service during a 2021 Noland Village fire 

Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway 

  • Isaiah Neal, Volunteer Fire Fighter

Honoring service during a 2021 Noland Village fire 

Hero Award

This award honors an individual or team whose actions attempted to save or succeeded in saving a human life. Recipients demonstrate strong knowledge of medical and rescue efforts, quick action, and a commitment to service on and off duty. 

Recipients

  • Deputy First Class Mario Angelini 
  • Sergeant Ben Jones 

Washington County Sheriff’s Office

  • Master Deputy Charles Keyser 
  • Deputy First Class Christian Koontz 

Honoring service during a 2021 fire rescue on Morning Walk Drive 

Washington County Sheriff’s Office 

  • Officer Tyler Nichols 
  • Officer Brandon Decker  

Honoring service in response to a 2021 shooting 

Hagerstown Police Department 

  • Master Police Officer Duane White 
  • Officer Brandon Decker 

Honoring service in response to a 2021 shooting 

Hagerstown Police Department 

  • Captain Justin Ruppenthal 
  • Lieutenant Bobby Follin 
  • Paramedic Nathan Bowers 
  • Emergency Medical Technician Danny Gibson 
  • Emergency Medical Technician Kurtis Meunier 
  • Emergency Medical Technician Zachary Sipe 
  • Emergency Medical Technician Josie Esler 

Honoring service in response to a 2021 stabbing 

Community Rescue Service 

Honoring response to an active labor incident in January of 2022 

Unit Achievement Award

This honor is awarded to any bureau, division, section, unit, or squad exhibiting extraordinary performance, attention to duty, and for an outstanding contribution to the department or to the welfare of our citizens. 

Hagerstown Fire Department, Engine 1 

  • Fire Apparatus Operator Zachary Reid
  • Fire Apparatus Operator Tony Cambardella 

Honoring service during a major I-81 motor vehicle collision in 2021 

Hagerstown Fire Department, Western Enterprise 

  • Fire Apparatus Operator Bob Petrunak 
  • Fire Apparatus Operator Tye Porada 
  • Fire Apparatus Operator Todd Grimes 
  • Fire Apparatus Operator Deron Malcolm 

Honoring service during a major I-81 motor vehicle collision in 2021 

Hagerstown Fire Department

  • Battalion Aide Daniel Myers 
  • Fire Fighter Aaron Miller 
  • Fire Fighter Tommy Cleveland 
  • Battalion Chief Adam Hopkins 

Honoring service during a major I-81 motor vehicle collision in 2021 

Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway 

  • Fire Apparatus Operator Willie Vazquez 
  • Fire Fighter Patrick Bryan 
  • Fire Fighter Chris Black 
  • Deputy Chief Jamie Drawbaugh 
  • Probationary Fire Fighter Tyler Drawbaugh 
  • Paramedic Deb Scott 
  • Paramedic Donnie Lehman 
  • Emergency Medical Technician Zach Robinson 
  • Emergency Medical Technician Jeff Hardman 
  • Emergency Medical Technician Melissa Murrah 

Honoring service during a major I-81 motor vehicle collision in 2021 

Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company

  • Fire Apparatus Operator Kevin Blair 
  • Lieutenant Zachary Webb 
  • Fire Fighter Hunter Clark 
  • Fire Fighter Bradley Taylor 

Honoring service during a major I-81 motor vehicle collision in 2021 

Washington County Division of Emergency Services

  • Lieutenant David Olson 
  • Fire Apparatus Operator Trevor Snodderly 
  • Deputy Director David Chisholm 
  • Coordinator Oley Griffith 
  • Operations Manager Eric Jacobs 
  • Emergency Vehicle Specialist Wayne Boward 
  • Emergency Vehicle Specialist Kevin Eichelberger 

Honoring service during a major I-81 motor vehicle collision in 2021 

Hagerstown Fire Department

  • Fire Marshal Dale Fishack 
  • Deputy Fire Marshal Deanna Pelton 
  • Deputy Fire Marshal John Crist 
  • Deputy Fire Marshal Scott Wolff 

Honoring service and dedication during fire investigations throughout 2021 

Hagerstown Fire Department

  • Community Rescue Service 
  • Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway 

Honoring service during a 2021 Noland Village Fire 

Law Enforcement Recipients

Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Digital Investigation Forensic Unit 

  • Sergeant Ryan Socks 
  • Sergeant Howard Ward 
  • Detective Casey Swope 

Honoring dedicated service in the Digital Investigation Forensic Unit throughout 2021 

Hagerstown Police Department

  • Sergeant Steven Lucas 
  • Officer Timothy Cramer 
  • Officer Brandon Decker 
  • Officer Michael McDermott 
  • Officer First Class Mark Morris 
  • Officer Tyler Nichols 
  • Officer Celmarie Perez-Velez 

Honoring response to a North Mulberry Street shooting in 2021 

 

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