County executive Ken Ulman recognized two Maryland Transportation Authority police officers last week for bravery during a stop along I-95 in Howard County that got caught up in a chain-reaction accident.
On Nov. 21, 2012, around 10:21 p.m., Cpl. Timothy Morandi and Officer Jonathan Slusar were on duty on I-95 South near the exit for Route 100 when they pulled over a car they suspected was stolen. As the officers questioned the suspect outside the vehicle, an impaired driver ran into their patrol cars.
Morandi saw the collision coming and pushed the suspect out of harm's way, taking the hit from the vehicle himself. He suffered a severely fractured right knee from the accident. Slusar, who suffered ligament and tendon injuries, pulled Morandi to the side of the road and was able to maintain control of the suspect and the impaired driver until help arrived.
At the awards ceremony, held Aug. 8 at a Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Baltimore County, Ulman praised both officers for their bravery.
"You represent what each and every one of you do everyday," Ulman said. "You wake up in the morning knowing that you've dedicated yourselves to keeping the rest of us safe."
Ulman, who called his work in collaboration with law enforcement "the most important thing in the 7 years that I've been county executive," presented each officer with a plaque and proclaimed Aug. 9 "Cpl. Timothy Morandi and Officer Jonathan Slusar Day" in Howard County.