Almost three years after Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio was killed on duty, U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Andy Harris awarded her the Congressional Badge of Bravery during a ceremony Friday.
Granted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Badge of Bravery recognizes “exceptional acts of bravery while in the line of duty,” according to a news release.
Caprio, 29, was killed while responding to a report of a suspicious Jeep Wrangler in a Perry Hall cul-de-sac in May 2018.
Dawanta Harris, 17, who was sitting in the vehicle while three other teenagers burglarized homes, ran over Caprio with the Jeep as she ordered him to “get out of the car.”
Caprio had served in the department for almost four years before she was killed. She was the first woman officer killed in the line of duty in the county’s history, according to Baltimore County.
Caprio’s parents, Debbie and Garry Sorrells, County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt and County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. attended the ceremony at police headquarters in Towson. Congressional lawmakers joined by video.
Caprio’s “courage and love of service to Baltimore County is what made her an exemplary public servant and police officer,” lawmakers said in a release. “She touched so many lives and made a difference in our community.”