On Monday, July 28, Lt. Steve Konold, former barracks commander at Maryland State Police, North East, and current commander Lt. James Russell, honored personnel for their work.
TFC Charles Mylin was named Trooper of the Year. TFC James Pettit was named Trooper of the Year for the barrack's Criminal Enforcement Division.
TFC Mylin has been a trooper for about seven years and has been assigned to North East barracks for the last two years. He said he became a trooper because he wanted to help people. He said he has an interest in community policing and public service. He said the award of Trooper of the Year is "something I've worked long and hard for."
TFC Pettit has also been a trooper for seven years, almost four of those years at North East. "I wanted a challenging career and to do something that mattered and to help people," said TFC Pettit. "It's a great privilege to get this," he said.
Lt. Konold explained that the troopers were honored due to exemplary performance during calendar year 2013. Those honored were chosen based on statistics, dedication to duty, attitude, and performance.
Sgt. James Pruski was named Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for Barrack F. Pruski did not attend the ceremony.