On Friday, March 21, the Bel Air Moose Lodge, 310 E. Jarrettsville Road in Forest Hill, hosted Joseph R. Koons, Supreme Governor of the Loyal Order of Moose.
Koons is the chief presiding officer of the Loyal Order of Moose International. Koons chose Bel Air Moose Lodge to visit for his official visit to Maryland. He is a Pennsylvania resident, who is retired from 36 years of service with the state of Pennsylvania as a therapist for troubled youth. Koons has been a Loyal Order of Moose member since 1970, and lives with his wife, Connie, in Danville, Pa. He and his wife have two children and four grandchildren.
As part of the program to honor the visit of Supreme Governor, Bel Air Moose Lodge honored Harford County Public Safety officials.
DFC James M. Amrein of the Harford County Sheriff's Office was honored as the Bel Air Moose Lodge Deputy of the Year for saving the life of a 2-year-old boy who had fallen into the pool of a Bel Air area family. Upon the arrival of Amrein to the scene, the child was non-responsive. Using his training Amrein was able to revive the boy and get a pulse back. The child is well and alive today because of the efforts of Amrein.
TFC Aaron Bates of the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack was honored as the Bel Air Moose Lodge Trooper of the Year for his outstanding job performance. Bates handled 207 motor vehicle collisions, 31 criminal investigations, 959 calls for service, 1,378 motor vehicle stops, issued 1,072 warnings and 675 uniform citations and made 45 criminal arrests and 11 DWI arrests in 2013.
Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company member Mark Johnson was honored as the Bel Air Moose Lodge Volunteer Fireman of the Year. Johnson is a line officer with the fire department and is foremost in his volunteer spirit and his leadership. He mentors the newer and younger volunteers and exemplifies himself daily as a member of the department.
The Bel Air Moose recognized a special individual, Cpl. Ryan D. Hanna, for his outstanding dedication and service to the community and country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Company C, 2nd Tank Battalion at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He has served several tours in Afghanistan. Hanna is a tank gunner and most recently distinguished himself as the number top tank gunner in all of the U.S. Marine Corps. Hanna is a Harford County native and is scheduled for official discharge in May.
On hand to assist in presenting the awards were Maryland Sen. Barry Glassman and Maryland Del. H. Wayne Norman. They both shared comments to all those attending. Glassman and Norman presented each award recipient an official proclamation from their respective legislative bodies in Annapolis.
Each award recipient received a quantity of Tommy Moose to use at their respective agencies. Tommy Moose plush dolls are presented to children in various traumatic situations.
This awards ceremony is one of the many community activities the members of the Bel Air Moose Lodge support.