Knights of Columbus Council 2577 held its 17th annual Public Safety Awards and Recognition event Jan. 26 to honor local firefighters and police officers.
In addition to the award recipients receiving plaques from the Knights of Columbus, they were also recognized by the state, county and city for their actions.
In attendance to help honor the awardees were Bowie Mayor Pro-tem Diane Polangin, state Sen. Doug Peters, Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith, Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor, Bowie Police Chief John Nesky and Bowie Volunteer Fire Department President Jon Bigony.
Prince George’s County Police Department Officers of the Year, Cpl. Gregory Raynes and Cpl. Bertram Smith: Aug. 12, 2012, Raynes and Smith observed a blue Chevy Tahoe fail to stop at a stop sign at Woodstream Court and Woodstream Drive. They activated their emergency equipment to affect a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled to the curb. As the vehicle came to a stop, a passenger in the back seat exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The officers kept their attention on the vehicle and the passengers inside. As the officers approached the vehicle, they observed a handgun on the rear seat. After removing the remaining occupants from the vehicle, officers recovered a .380 Bersa Thunder handgun and a .410 Mossburg shotgun. Because of their attention to duty, the officers were able to remove the guns from the streets of Prince George’s County.
City of Bowie Police Officer of the Year, Pvt. 1st Class Harry Booth Jr: March 9, 2012, at approximately 10:55 p.m., Booth was dispatched to respond to the report of a fight at a residence on Jenkins Ridge Road. He was the first officer to arrive on the scene and as he pulled in front of the residence he observed a woman holding a small infant who appeared to be ready to jump from a second-story window. Without hesitation, Booth ran into the residence and to the second-floor bedroom and was able to pull the woman, who was 6 feet 2 inches and 250 pounds, and the baby, back into the room. The female, who was intoxicated, was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Earlier in the evening the female assaulted her father causing injuries to his head. After assaulting her father the female went into the kitchen and retrieved a knife and told him that if he called the police she would kill him. The female then got into an altercation with her mother at which time the mother was able to take the knife from her daughter. It was at this time the female grabbed her child and ran upstairs in an attempt to jump and kill herself and the child. Due to the quick response and fast actions of Booth, the female and infant were saved from serious and possible fatal injuries.