Beaumont named Officer of the Year by Westminster Police Department

Westminster names 2016 Officer of the Year

The Westminster Police Department named Michael Beaumont its Officer of the Year during its annual awards on Thursday at the Carroll Arts Center.

Beaumont is the Main Street officer, which means he serves as a liaison between the police department and downtown businesses and community, according to a news release from the Westminster Police Department.

According to the release, Beaumont has developed a good relationship with the downtown businesses and is known for his aggressive patrolling of the area and going above and beyond.

Beaumont also received the Life Saving Award for 2016 after he saved a woman who overdosed. He gave the unconscious woman CPR until she gained a pulse and then gave her Narcan, according to the release, which noted that the woman survived because of Beaumont's "swift actions."

Officer Martin Runk also received the Life Saving Award for 2016. Runk responded to Target where a suicidal man barricaded himself in a stall with a knife. Upon his arrival, Runk found the subject lying in a pool of blood, according to the release.

While Runk attempted to administer aid to the man, the man grabbed the knife again and attempted to cut himself again. Runk prevented the man from harming himself again, and helped by applying direct pressure to the man's wounds on his neck, according to the release. The man was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and survived, according to the release.

The Civilian Employee of the Year award went to Communications Supervisor Lisa Cooper. Cooper consistently looks for new ways to improve her job and the jobs of the people she supervises and is known to go past her work hours in order to help cover different dispatch shifts, according to the release.

"She projects self-confidence, leadership and enthusiasm and displays the strengths necessary to move the Communications Division to the next level of professionalism," Chief Jeff Spaulding said in the release.

Auxiliary Sergeant Deborah Pujals Keyser received the Volunteer of the Year award. Keyser has volunteered with the department since 2010, and in 2016 alone she volunteered for 141 hours, according to the release.

As part of her volunteer service, Keyser helps the department with parades and their events, including Shop with a Cop, Cops on Rooftops and Camp Cops, according to the release.

Lt. Will Valentine, Sgt. Stephen Launchi, Sgt. Nicole Ensor, Cpl. Jesse Clagett, Cpl. William Long, Officer Adam Laser, Officer Christopher Workman and Officer Christopher Obst were awarded a unit citation for their traffic enforcement, as well as their actions in July when they helped apprehend a man who was later charged with rape and kidnapping, according to the release.

Lt. Scott Peter, Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Schuster, Detective Todd Rutledge and Detective David Jones were also awarded a unit citation for their work in investigating a December PNC bank robbery, according to the release.

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Other awards

Sons of the American Revolution Public Service Award: Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Schuster

Catherine's Cause Award for Excellence in DUI Enforcement: Cpl. Jesse Clagett

Community Partnership Award (Catherine's Cause): Phil and Cindy Mullikin

Community Partnership Award: Tarah Myers

Chief's Commendations: Timothy Corns Jr. (civilian), Steven Lee Sr. (civilian), PFC Adam Laser, Sgt. Stephen Arnold, Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Schuster, Officer Timothy Rife, Detective Vincent Rizzo and Lt. Thomas Kowalczyk

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