Patuxent Council Knights of Columbus

The Patuxent Council Knights of Columbus honored two public safety officers on March 5. Front row from left, Dave Knitowski, Past Grand Knight of Patuxent Council 2203, and award recipients Stefan Livingston and Capt. Carl DeWalt. Back row, from left, Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad Deputy Chief Clyde Williams; Laurel Police Maj. Bob Althoff; Laurel Police Chief Rich McLaughlin; and Laurel Police Deputy Chief Jim Brooks. (March 5, 2013)

A Laurel Police captain and a Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad fire fighter/emergency medical technician were honored as this year's outstanding public safety officers by the Patuxent Council Knights of Columbus March 5.

In his nomination, Laurel Police Capt. Carl DeWalt was recognized for his work as "a mentor and motivator in community safety initiatives," such as pedestrian safety and alcohol enforcement campaigns. He is a member of the department's Community Policing and Traffic Unit, helps organize the city's National Night Out, participates in Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services' holiday gift and food distribution; and is an active volunteer and advocate for Special Olympics Maryland.

Stefan Livingston joined the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad in August 2010, and, according to his nomination, is currently in charge of duty night and duty crew as he trains to become certified as a county fire officer. He helps train new squad members on the electronic reporting system for EMS call documentation. In his nomination, Livingston was recognized for running 363 calls in 2012 and completing firefighter training, rescue technician training and components of water rescue technical training.

Both nominees advanced to the state-level Knight of Columbus public safety recognition, where DeWalt was named second in the state among police officers nominated by local councils.

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