Westminster resident is named state police Explorer of the Year


Last week I reported on the need the Carroll County Choral Arts Society has for new vocalists to perform in a May 7 concert, Mozart's "Requiem." The concert will be held at Westminster United Methodist Church.

I requested that interested people contact Patricia Rouzer, but her phone number was incorrectly listed. Interested vocalists may reach Ms. Rouzer at 840-9220.

WESTMINSTER resident Jerry Immler has been named Explorer of the Year by the Maryland State Police, Westminster Barrack Explorer Post No. 56.

The award was presented at a Jan. 3 ceremony at the barracks by Lt. R. B. Tanner, barracks commander. The award was earned by following a proficiency chart of training and service.

Mr. Immler has been a member of the Maryland State Law Enforcement Explorers at the Westminster barracks since 1990. He says he joined after talking to others at his school, Westminster High. In 1992, he graduated from high school, but continued with the Explorers program.

In the past year, he has logged 295 hours, participating in presentations to youth on crime prevention and safety, riding along with police, doing public safety work, taking courses and giving presentations.

"I've been doing a lot of crime prevention and Neighborhood Watch work this year," Mr. Immler said, noting the time he has worked with the Crash Test Dummies and with or as McGruff the Crime Dog.

To qualify for the award an Explorer must have the highest attendance record for meetings and events the post participates in, display enthusiasm and complete more of the training categories than any other member. The Explorer must have matured and developed leadership skills.

After a careful review by the barracks commander and post advisers, a selection is made. The winner will earn the privilege of wearing the blue ribbon with the gold "E" on it.

Mr. Immler said that two years ago he would not have known what to say to a reporter calling on him. "That's how the leadership skills grow," he said. In the past, Mr. Immler served as president and vice president of his post. He has earned awards in emergency preparedness, community service, tenure, law enforcement training, law enforcement service and crime prevention.

During his time with the post, Mr. Immler was promoted to the rank of first sergeant. Because Mr. Immler recently turned 21, he was elected to the adult leader position of associate adviser.

Mr. Immler works full time at Modern Comfort Systems, a heating and air-conditioning company. He also works part time for the Carroll County Health Department. He hopes to become a state trooper or a Baltimore City police officer.

"I've learned a lot as an Explorer," he said. "Most of all, it is seeing the work that you have done. You are able to actually see what has been accomplished because you are out there helping people in the public. If you don't like people when you join," he said, "you will by the time you leave."

Singers wanted

The Choral Arts Society of Carroll County is seeking new members. If you are a vocalist with a soprano, alto, tenor or bass voice who can read music, this may be the group for you.

The choral arts society will present Mozart's "Requiem" at Westminster United Methodist Church at Center and Main streets May 7. The director will be Patricia Sparti, a doctoral candidate at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.

Rehearsals will begin Sunday at the church. Interested vocalists are encouraged to join in time to participate. A $15 registration fee will be charged. For an additional $3, vocalists may keep the music for Mozart's "Requiem."

For information, call Patricia Rouzer at 848-9220.

Fruit sale

Boy Scout Troop 381 of Westminster is holding a fruit sale. Order by Saturday to purchase temple oranges or pink grapefruit. Oranges cost $11 for a 20-pound box with 28 to 30 pieces of fruit. Pink grapefruit are $9 for a 20-pound box containing 15 to 20 pieces of fruit.

Information: 857-1014.

Lois Szymanski's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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