Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Rotary honors exemplary police officers

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Members of the Carroll Creek Rotary Club recently honored five Frederick City Police officers with Officer of the Month awards for the months of August through December.

Police Chief Kim Dine handed out the awards according to a press release from the Rotary Club.

* Officer Vincent Brown earned the award in August for apprehending four youths who broke into more than 20 cars. These suspects were also found responsible for thefts in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

* Officer First Class Megan Ryan earned the September award for locating a car stolen in Montgomery County stopped at the red light at the intersection of 5th and North Market Streets. The two occupants in the car were apprehended without incident.

* Officer First Class Jeffrey Gunder earned the award for October. Gunder searched for and found the vehicle and suspect involved in a robbery. His proactive investigation in this case closed two armed robbery investigations.

* Officer First Class Joseph Wheeler earned the award for November after responding to a commercial alarm at two businesses at 50 N. McCain Drive, Frederick. The first officer on the scene, Wheeler saw a man running from the businesses carrying cash register drawers. Wheeler pursued him on foot and apprehended the suspect a short distance from the scene.

* In December, Officer First Class Kevin Forrest earned the award for responding to a counterfeiting call at the Taco Bell located on East Patrick Street, Frederick. Forrest located the two females who had tried to buy food with counterfeit cash. After a traffic stop, the females were taken into custody and positively identified. Of the other two occupants of the van, a female had an open warrant and a male was in possession of marijuana. The four people were from the Baltimore area and believed to be working their way west passing counterfeit bills.

The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek is a service organization of approximately 150 professionals based in Frederick.

For more information, visit www.carrollcreekrotary.org.