St. Mary's Co. Sheriff's Office Employees Awards for First Quarter of 2021

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This week, the men and women of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office were recognized for their exemplary service during the first three months of 2021.

Deputy of the Quarter: Deputy First Class Andrew Budd

Major Michael Merican and DFC Andrew Budd​

DFC Budd has continuously proved to be a dedicated and highly motivated officer. His dedication and efforts in the first quarter of 2021 have positively impacted the lives of many citizens and cases spanning various divisions, agencies and even jurisdictions. On Feb. 14, 2021, DFC Budd assisted the Maryland State Police in a traffic stop and located a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Later that evening, DFC Budd assisted in life saving measures to a person not breathing.

Correctional Officer of the Quarter: Correctional Officer Jeremy Pelczar

Major Merican and CO Jeremy Pelczar​

CO Pelczar is a reliable field officer who requires little supervision to complete his duties while assigned to any post. He has great communication skills when dealing with issues and is able to deescalate most situations.

Civilian of the Quarter: Jazmin Summers, Victim Witness Coordinator

Major Merican and Jazmin Summers​

Summers has provided support for up to four positions in the Criminal Investigations Division and in some cases up to three positions at the same time. Her dedication to CID has been key to ensuring essential work processes to continue to flow seamlessly while vacancies are filled. Summers' ability to learn quickly while also multitasking is an asset to the department.

Sheriff's Salutes:

Major Merican, Sgt. Robert Merritt, DFC Daniel Sidorowicz, and Cpl. William Ray​

Members of the Lexington Park COPs Unit, Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol deputies received a Sheriff's Salute for their quick and decisive action, immediate response and lengthy investigation in a robbery investigation that resulted in the recovery of a loaded handgun, several extended magazines, illegal drugs and US currency.

Also receiving Sheriff's Salutes are: Laura DeNeale, Senior Administrative Coordinator; CO Dallas Bonner; CO Dayvon West; CO Louis Mileto; CO David Sewell; Cpl. Timothy Snyder; Cpl. Glen Knott; Cpl. Vincent Pontorno; Cpl. Timothy White; DFC Matthew Beyer; Deputy John Fenwick; Deputy Michael Rycyzyn; Deputy David Katulich and Cpl. Austin Schultz


Major Merican and CO Devin Absher​

CO Absher was commended for preventing Controlled Dangerous Substances from entering the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in three separate occasions.

Major Merican and Sgt. Patrick Britt​

Sgt. Britt was commended for his diligence and attention to detail in following up with another county agency in assistance to check the welfare of an out-of-county citizen based on correspondence at the jail.

Also commended were: Correctional Officer First Class Jonathan Rosado, Deputy Joseph Bowling and Kathy Kreps, Fiscal Specialist

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