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Park Police Holds Awards Ceremony for 2015

Members from the Montgomery County Division of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police were honored during an Awards Ceremony held at the Silver Spring Civic Center on May 25th. Dignitaries including Delegate Charles Barkley, Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo and Councilmember Sidney Katz attended the event. Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery Planning Board; Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks; and Gwen Wright, Director of Montgomery County Planning Department were also in attendance.

Officers Johnny Beason and John Lainhart received Bronze Stars for trying to save the lives of accident victims by administering CPR. Lt. Shibu Philipose received a Silver Star for an act of courage involving risk to his life. On Sunday, September 13, 2015, Lt. Shibu Philipose was off duty when he saw that a tree had fallen on top of an SUV and severely crushed the roof and front seat of the car. Lt. Philipose was able to extract the driver from the front seat and get him out of the car to safety.

Numerous Division members received a Field Citation for providing vital crowd control during the mass protests and riots of April and May of 2015 in Baltimore City. It was an intense and dangerous situation as police responded to protect the lives and property of a city in crisis. Speaking on behalf of Governor Larry Hogan, Deputy Superintendent with the Maryland Natural Resources Police Lt. Colonel Ernest Leatherbury, Jr. stated, “2015 was a challenging year for law enforcement throughout the United States and particularly in Maryland. Governor Hogan extends his thanks for all you do and congratulations to everyone receiving awards today."

Silver Spring Civic Center
Captain Nicole Adams
Park Police Awards Ceremony at Silver Spring Civic Center
Acting Assistant Chief Nicole Adams emceed the event.
Chief Antonio DeVaul
Lt. Philipose receives Silver Star.
Chief Antonio DeVaul makes remarks.

Lt. Shibu Philipose receives Silver Star.
L-R: Chief Antonio DeVaul, Lt. Shibu Philipose, Parks Director Mike Riley, Montgomery County Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson

Park Police Officer Matthew Heck Completes Police Unity Tour

Congratulations to Officer Matthew Heck for participating in the 20th Annual Police Unity Tour. The Police Unity Tour’s purpose is to bring awareness to Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. What started with 18 riders on a four-day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, New Jersey, to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., has grown into nine Chapters consisting of over 1,800 members nationwide who make the trip annually.

According to Officer Heck, “Completing the 300 mile ride was one of my greatest and most challenging opportunity I have ever had the honor to be part of. The ride will push you to your limits with the amount of stamina that you have, many weather conditions, and distances that officers will ride. Riding your bike through the Memorial at the end with a cheering crowd is an incredible feeling.”

In 2015, the Police Unity Tour raised $1,997,000 in donations to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Congratulations to Officer Matthew Heck for completing the 20th Annual Police Unity Tour!


Unity Tour Riders

Date of last update: May 27, 2016