Police Commissioner and Mayor handed out the awards to 30 officers from across the custom plaques. Recipients were shot at and run over. They interrupted assaults, sprang into action while off-duty, or solved complex cases.
“We cannot thank you enough for the hard work and courage you have given in your daily jobs,” Batts told the officers. “It’s going to be people like you that are going to make a difference in the city of Baltimore.”
Top honors — inclusion in the agency’s “Legion of Merit” — went to detectives Robert Himes and Joshua Ellsworth for their investigation into the case of a Bloods gang member who was kidnapped and killed.
Himes and Ellsworth arrested Dajuan Marshall in June 2008 for fatally shooting rival gang member Kenneth Jones near The Block adult entertainment district in downtown.
The case, prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Traci Robinson, led to a conviction in 2011 on a murder conspiracy charge, as well as the first conviction for charges filed under the state’s gang statute. Robinson was also honored.
Another award dates to a 2009 incident, when Capt. Byron Conaway, who at the time was an officer, was slipped a note by a woman who said she was in danger. When Conaway saw the man who had been in a car with her reach for a … Read More