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Officers of the Year

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Baltimore City Police History Website's
"Officers of the Year"

For the last three or four years, (written in 2016) Patty and I have been wanting to do an Officer of the Year program from the History site. Ideally, we would have liked to have at least one officer from each of the nine districts, but we could end up with nine or more officers all from the same district, nine or more officers from every district, or just one officer from the entire department. What we are saying is, there is not a limitation on the number of officers that could be selected, and if we end up with what may seem like too many nominations and they all seem to be worthy; then we'll have multiple, "Officer of the Year" awards, and maybe one, "Outstanding Officer of the Year." if it seems one stands out. We would also like to include retired officers too because we know there are plenty of retired officers that are still dedicated and still making a difference in our police family. If you want to nominate an officer, feel free to send us an email at the following address; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

You can look at those we have already chosen as our choice for the Baltimore Police History Site's Officer of the Year.

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2019

2019 Baltimore Police History Site Officers of the Year

Bernie Wehage - Bernie joined the department in the late 1950s or early 1960s During that time he worked his way up from a footman, to a turnkey, and eventually promoted to Sergeant. During his years on the force, he worked Central District, Northwestern, and Southeastern during these years, he saved blank, unused reports, folders, envelopes, etc. One or two of each, preserved because around the time he put them away they were switching to a new system of reporting. He also took pictures and a lot of notes. At the age of 83, he contacted Ken to pass some of these pics, files, and folders on. While on he received many awards, including the time he was called to the Commissioner's office to congratulate him for consistently shooting 100s at the range. His memorabilia has already helped to answer some questions regarding call box numbers and locations. For his work in helping to preserve our department's history, We are making him one of Baltimore Police Historical Society's 2019 Officer of the Year.

Gary Provenzano - Like Bernie, Gary has been a collector and historian for years, this year not only did he share the information from his collection, into Ken's he also helped t answer some long unanswered questions. In with his records, Gary included a certificate from 9 March 1888 the same date Robert D Carter was appointed to the Rank of Sergeant. Gary also researches fallen officers that are not recognized. Several years back he found two officers, Benjamin Benton and Robert M. Rigdon from 1858. It wasn't right away, but eventually, after Gary sent his information to the department he received a letter from the department explaining that the names are now recognized, it gave the name of the officer that took care of it. For his work in helping us to preserve our department's history, we are making him one of Baltimore Police Department's Historical Society's 2019 Officer of the Year.

 

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2018 Baltimore Police History Site Officers of the Year

Thomas J. Niemiera - Retired Officer Niemiera, continues to represent our agency when after being assaulted to a point where he was nearly killed, needed months of in-hospital treatment, therapy, and treatment, got himself ready for a second battle, one in which he would have to go to trail against his attackers, and tell then retell his story, under both States Attorney questioning and then cross-examination, in which he was made out to be the bad guy, just long enough to show the judge what kind of defendants and defence attorney she was dealing with. The assault took place on 25 Oct 2015, a signal 13 was called, but then called off by 09. He was reported to the Commissioner, Kevin Davis who made several visits to the hospital to see Officer Niemiera. Likewise, Commissioner Davis assured me that he had a talk with the Lieutenant that called off the signal 13 on retired officer Niemiera, Davis said Once a Baltimore Officer, always a Baltimore Officer, and when a signal 13 is called it will be answered. With nearly 150 metal braces, screws, pins, and rods, Officer Niemiera's face was reconstructed, as was started to say earlier, he went to several trials a faced his attackers, both sister and brother were convicted. For Officer Niemiera's fight both physically in getting better from this attack, and then standing up to his attackers and seeing to it that they will not be on the streets to treat anyone else like this. Officer Niemiera will be one of this years Baltimore Police History Site's Officers of the Year. Lie most of Baltimore's finest, Thomas Niemiera has become a great friend to Ken, our history site, and to the preservation of our department's past. 

Officer John Heiderman – Retired - John is a historian collector that made sure I had near anything and everything I needed from exhibits to information and best of all he has become a great friend.

Officer Kathy Irwin – Retired - Kathy shares an interest in our past she cares about our past, our present and our future, she doesn't like credit for the things she does and that could be a good thing because trying to list them all could take forever and even then I am sure somethings will be left off the list. She seems to know everyone, like John, Mark, and Dave, Kathy has also become a great friend to Patty and me.

Officer Mike Dunn  – This being the 40th Anniversary year of that 7th day of April 1979 when Mike stopped a van for a traffic violation. The vehicle was occupied times 3, the driver and two females, Mike had no way of knowing the young ladies were being held against their will, he had no way of knowing they were kidnapped, raped, and that he was about to take three shots from the driver of that vehicle in an attempt to take Mike's life. Mike had other plans, It has been 40 years, and as part of our goals to preserve history, we have to give Mike our Baltimore City Police Historical Society's 2018 Officer of the Year. We are honored to have him as part of our BPD family, we thank him for his service, and for making history by showing us, "It really works! It really works! It did the job!' 

Sergeant David Randy Dull – Serge Dull,  has more than 35 years dedicated service to the Baltimore Police Department. Often taking money from his own pocket for training or equipment to make things easier on him and his men. Working for him can be a challenge, he wants the best and can sometimes catch you between your ups, but he is smart enough to recognize the quality work coming in, and that it couldn't be done without a lot more ups in your work than downs, so when the brass starts complaining, he is quick to back his men up, and he keeps supporting documentation to show he and his squad get results. So for his dedication to the City, the Police Department and to the men that have worked for him, currently work for him or will someday work for him we are making him one of our Baltimore Police History Site Officers of the Year 

Detective Derreck Sargent  Detective Sargent always worked to help us gather needed information to verify Baltimore Police History. Derreck made sure we had accurate up to date information and best of all he has become a good friend. He provided information on retired and active officers that had passed away so that we can keep an accurate Final Roll Call page here on the site as well we posted said information along with viewing information so our retired brothers and sisters could say their final goodbyes and let the families know how much their father, husband, brother/sister etc. meant to us in the department. Derreck also made sure we access historical data necessary to help family members of Officers that worked the department years ago, and so we knew for sure who we were doing research on. As we all know there is not a lot of information on our agencies history. That is why Bill Hackley started the History site and why we work to keep it up. It is also why we need people like Detective Sargent who seemed to work around the clock to give whatever info he could give us so that we knew we were on the right track and so that we could better preserve our agency's passed, and for his dedication to the department, to the city and toward preserving BPD History we are making him one of our Baltimore Police History Site Officers of the Year. 

John Heiderman

Kathy Irwin

Mike Dunn

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This list is incomplete. I am sure Ken and his close friends will be looking at, and voting on plenty of others for this years list 

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2017 Baltimore Police History Site Officers of the Year

Officer John Heiderman – Retired - John is a historian collector that made sure I had near anything and everything I needed from exhibits to information and best of all he has become a great friend.

Officer David Eastman – Retired - Dave is a historian that not only provides us with an incredible amount of historical data, but he always has his ear to the ground for exhibits, if he doesn't send them to us himself, he gets their information so that we can make contact ourselves. Also, he lets us know where these things are so we can either buy items or go pick them up (Dave talks to a lot of people and manages to have things donated or sold at low low prices.) Dave has also made sure we have near anything we needed from exhibits to information and he has become a great friend.

Officer Mark Frank – Retired - Mark shares an interest in our past he won't call himself a historian, (but he is) and he doesn't like taking credit for the things he has sent, bought, or helped to buy. But he is informative, helpful and like John and Dave, most importantly Mark has become a great friend

Officer Kathy Irwin – Retired - Kathy shares an interest in our past she cares about our past, our present and our future, she doesn't like credit for the things she does and that could be a good thing because trying to list them all could take forever and even then I am sure somethings will be left off the list. She seems to know everyone, like John, Mark, and Dave, Kathy has also become a great friend to Patty and me.

Sergeant David Dull – Active - Sgt Dull has been extremely helpful in preserving and maintaining our past. He seems to always know when help is needed and is always ready to provide that help. He is like other on this list in that he doesn't ask for recognition or expect it, but it is important to give credit where credit is due. Sgt Dull is also a great friend, but it takes more than friendship to make this list otherwise this list would be super long as Patty and I have a ton of friends.

Mel Tallagsen – Webmaster / Tech Support - Since the beginning of the second rebuild around 2013/14 Mel has been our go-to guy, whenever we have issues with the site or server Mel stops what he is doing to help us get back up and running. On top of this Mel taught me how to do most of the easier things myself, so much so, that I build a third backup site, but we like this site so much it is hard to leave it so Mel keeps finding ways to patch things up. For that reason, we are giving him an Honorary Officer of the Year

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The Baltimore Police History Site 2016 Officer of the Year Recipients are as follows  

Officer Matthew Verga – Active – Southwestern
Officer Christopher Szakolczai – Active – Southwestern
Officer Robbert "Bobby" Brown – Active – Southern
Detective Derreck Sargent  – Active – Employee/Retiree Affairs Unit
Detective Dawnyell Taylor – Active – Homicide
Officer Tom Bolte – Active
Officer Scott DeMario – Active –
Officer Van Watson  – Active – 
Officer Edward Gorwell  – Active – 
Officer Luis Gonzalez – Active – 
Officer Mario Notargiacomo  – Active – ACS Administrator 
Officer Daryl Buhrman  – Retired – Benevolence Association (Founder of the Distress Fund) 
Media Producer –  Director Gino Inocentes– Active – Media Relations 

 

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This list is not complete as we are still accepting nominations. - The bulk of those names above the blue divider line are in recognition for their working to promote a better Baltimore Police Department, building Rapport with the community and living by the departmental Motto, "Semper Paratus - Semper Fideles - Ever on the Watch" Others are on here for their dedication toward helping with the building of the new Baltimore City Police Museum located in the gallery of 601 E Fayette St. Below the blue line are named Officer of the year for their helping Officer in their time of need.

There are no monetary awards presented with this. At the present time, this is more for bragging rights, although we hope to have mini Espantoons turned or maybe some sort of challenge coin that could be given to winners showing they are our Officers of the Year.  If you know anyone that you thinks should be considered, write us at the email above address with the officer's name, assignment - status (Active or Retired) and why you think they should receive the award.  If enough people write the same the person, we would certainly have no reason not to award them this award. So if you think someone deserves it, PM your friends and have them write the officer in. For now, we'll use the email, I will eventually work to have submission added to the page.   

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Please contact Det. Ret. Kenny Driscoll if you have any pictures of you or your family members, and you would like to see them remembered here on this site, a tribute site to honor the fine men and women who have served with Honor and Distinction to the Baltimore Police Department.


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Anyone with information, photographs, memorabilia, or other "Baltimore City Police" items can contact Ret. Det. Kenny Driscoll at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." follow us on Twitter @BaltoPoliceHist or like us on Facebook You can also contact us through the mail pics at 8138 Dundalk Ave. Baltimore Md. 21222 - Text messages can be sent to Kenny at 443-827-2855

 

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