2019 End of Year Newsletter
Last year was full of changes here at FOP Lodge #4! Updates and recognition abound below, including several community programs and events that are making an impact in the Baltimore County communities we serve. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular news and information and to share your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you.
FOP in the Community
FOP Lodge #4 Members Recognized for their Outstanding Service at Baltimore Ravens Game
At the Ravens vs. Patriots game in November six of our members were recognized for their outstanding service. We appreciate their dedication to the Baltimore County Police Department just as much as @RealJimmySmith, appreciates a good photo bomb!
Congratulations to our deserving selected officers:
PFC. Savoy, Parkville Precinct
PFC. Small, Pikesville Precinct
PFC. Kelly, Franklin Precinct
Det. Barber, CIB Property
Det. Kilpatrick, CIB Persons
PFC. Brown, Community Resources & Wellness Section
FOP Lodge #4 Sponsors Third Annual Foot Pursuit Race
Through the end of the year, we continued to participate in several charity runs in support of community initiatives. Our newly-elected President, Dave Rose, attended the Law Enforcement Officers Wives 3rd Annual Foot Pursuit 5K race at the Ma & Pa Trail in Harford County. Law enforcement agencies from across the region participated, including FOP Lodge #4 who was a proud sponsor of the event.
FOP Lodge #4 Members Participate in Celtic Solstice 5-Mile Run
On December 14, 2019, President Dave Rose, former President Cole Weston and other members of FOP Lodge #4 participated in the Celtic Solstice 5-mile race. Baltimore County Police Department Chief Melissa Hyatt (right) and her sister also joined. After the completion of the race, everyone met up to compare finish times.
FOP Lodge #4 Members Participate in Annual “Shop with a Cop” Event
2019 marked the 18th annual “Shop with a Cop” program in Baltimore County! Every year, officers and children from each of the 10 precincts join together to go holiday shopping. This year’s event saw the participation of 100 officers and 102 children. This annual event allows our officers an opportunity to bond with youth and spread cheer across Baltimore County.
FOP Lodge #4 Partners with the Y of Central Maryland
We are thrilled to announce the newly established partnership between Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 and the Y of Central Maryland. This partnership provides a new way for our members to serve others by allowing first responders and veterans an opportunity for alternate employment outside of traditional security options.
FOP Current News
FOP Lodge #4 Elects a new Executive Board
State FOP Secretary and Lodge #4 Chairman, Ken Schubert, prepares to swear in newly elected Executive Board members.
In November, after serving 20 years as president of our lodge, Cole Weston retired. We thank him for his dedication and commitment to the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department. On December 23, 2019, at the general membership meeting a new Executive Board of Directors was elected to serve their two-year terms. Congratulations to our newly-elected members, especially FOP Lodge #4’s newest president, Dave Rose!
Newly-elected President, Sergeant Dave Rose, is sworn in by his father (current FOP Lodge #4 and past Executive Board member) retired Sergeant Floyd Rose at the instruction of outgoing President, Cole Weston. Retired Sgt. Rose hands over the gavel to his son to start the general membership meeting as the new President of FOP Lodge #4.
Pictured left: Past president Tim Caslin (1991-1999) presents outgoing President Cole Weston with his badge plaque. Pictured right: County Councilmen Tom Quirk and David Marks present Cole Weston with a certificate recognizing his 20 years of service as President of FOP Lodge #4.
FOP Lodge #4 Members Attend C.O.P.S. Law Enforcement Wellness and Trauma Conference
Training and education are top priority for members of FOP Lodge #4. In November, several of our members attended a national conference on law enforcement wellness and trauma in Chicago. The event, hosted by the National Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), largely focused on the crisis and tragedy police officers experience as a part of their job. Our officers see the most unthinkable acts of criminal behavior in our society and are expected to successfully cope alone. This conference offered a much-needed focus on officer wellness and methods for proactively addressing the cumulative stresses that can occur over the course of an officer’s career.
FOP Lodge #4 Members Speak at the Baltimore County Police Academy
On November 20, 2019, President Dave Rose and former President Cole Weston spoke at the Baltimore County Police Academy’s Response to Critical Incidents class. Topics ranged from the FOP’s responsibility to care for those directly and indirectly involved in a critical incident to how to successfully interact with coworkers following such an event. Both presenters stressed the need for officers to be cognizant not only of the effects a single incident can have, but also the long-term implications that can occur over the course of their careers.
Baltimore County Police Department Swears in the 153rd Recruit Class
Congratulations to the 153rd recruit class of the Baltimore County Police Department who swore their oath of office in December. FOP Lodge #4 is happy to welcome 35 new department and FOP members. We wish you well!
Congratulations to the Baltimore County Police Officers below recognized for their leadership and commitment to community
Department awards are given to officers who have performed extraordinarily over the last 12 months. The Baltimore County Police Department Awards Review Board spends months reviewing nominations based on departmental standard criteria.
Awards were presented to officers in the following categories:
Silver Star: This is the second highest Departmental Award. It recognizes officers who demonstrate valor, courage, intelligence and bravery over and above that normally demanded and expected.
• Officer Nicholas A. Creaghan – Precinct 12, Dundalk
• Officer Sheldon J. Reed – Precinct 12, Dundalk
• Officer Branden C. A. Sands – Precinct 2, Woodlawn
Commendation: This is the third highest Departmental Award. It is awarded to officers who display courage and devotion to duty above that normally required, intelligence during unusual circumstances, initiative in crime solving, or one who, under certain circumstances, arrests an armed and dangerous person.
• Corporal Brian M. Cowley – Precinct 12, Dundalk
• Detective Anthony N. Armetta – Criminal Investigations Bureau/Criminal Apprehension Support Team
• Detective Allen E. Jones – Criminal Investigations Bureau/Criminal Apprehension Support Team
• Detective Kenneth P. Nacke – Criminal Investigations Bureau/Criminal Apprehension Support Team
• Detective Jason M. Sutton – Criminal Investigations Bureau/Criminal Apprehension Support Team
• Detective Ellis E. Temple – Precinct 2, Woodlawn
• Officer Christopher P. Harding – Precinct 12, Dundalk
• Officer Kevin Pichardo – Precinct 12, Dundalk
• Officer Dillon D. Waugh – Precinct 2, Woodlawn
Emergency Service Award: This award is awarded for an effort to save a human life.
• Deputy Stacey Dickens – Baltimore City Sheriff’s Department
• Officer Timothy J. Bull – Precinct 12, Dundalk
• Officer Robert E. Francis – Precinct 12, Dundalk
• Officer Kevin M. Thomas – Precinct 9, White Marsh
The Memorial Corner
In November and December, we mourn the loss of two Fallen Hero’s. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as our members work hard to serve the citizens of Baltimore County.
||On November 5, 1986, eighteen-year police department veteran, Officer Robert Zimmerman was struck by a vehicle and critically injured while on foot patrol on Edmondson Avenue. Officer Zimmerman died nine days later on November 14, 1986 as a result of his injuries.
||Fifty years ago, on December 9, 1969, Officer Edward Kuznar died as a result of a traffic accident. While on patrol near Kingsville, his vehicle was struck head-on by another vehicle. The accident killed both Officer Kuznar and the other driver.