Five members of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command were recognized this week for their efforts to promote safety during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic by the State Employees Risk Management Administration (SERMA). The three troopers and two civilian pilots were honored during SERMA’s two-day virtual conference, which recognized more than a dozen employees from State agencies. Corporal Kristie Peterson, a nationally-registered paramedic who has been a sworn member of the Maryland State Police for nine years, received the “Unsung Hero Award” for her dedication the Aviation Life Support Equipment program. She ensured every member of the Aviation Command was ready to perform the Agency’s life-saving emergency care, aerial rescues and law enforcement missions, in addition to tackling the demands associated with Covid-19 pandemic. Pilots Philip Haskins and Keith Blanton, along with Troopers First Class Christopher Aycock and Jaclyn Pickett received the Award of Heroism for their rescue of a critically-injured logger April 2nd, 2020. The helicopter crew, assigned at the Frederick Section Trooper 3, responded to a remote area in Fulton County, Pennsylvania just above the Mason-Dixon Line. The crew hoisted the injured logger 216 feet from a densely wooded area in nearly inaccessible terrain. The man, who […]
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