American Legion post honors public servants

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Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper
The Cambridge American Legion honored the “Public Servants of the Year” on March 7 with a dinner and small ceremony at Post 91. Pictured are Cambridge Police Chief Daniel A. Dvorak, PFC Stephen Hackett; Pat Creighton, president of Unit 91; Rescue Fire Company First Assistant Chief Adam Pritchett, Chief Engineer Martin Pepper, Wayne Cook, president; Fran Johnson, chairman of National Security Program; Dorchester County Sheriff James W. Phillips Jr., Deputy Joseph Carpenter.

CAMBRIDGE — American Legion Post 91 honored their local public servants of the year with a dinner and ceremony March 7 at their post on Sunset Highway. Post 91 has been bestowing this honor on the local forces for “well over 40 years,” according to Pat Creighton, president of Local 91.

The awards were offered to the “Police Officer of the Year,” “Firefighter of the Year” and “Deputy Sheriff of the Year for Dorchester Co.” for 2015. Each respective service office was encouraged to select among their own staff for the names of the respective honorees.

The Cambridge Police Department selected Patrolman First Class Stephen Hackett for the Police Officer of the Year award. PFC Hackett has only been with the department since July of 2014, but since then he has been praised by his peers and officers for having a positive attitude and an excellent representation for the department in a positive and professional manner. PFC Hackett is a member of the department’s Emergency Response Team, and was awarded the department’s “Life Saving Award” for his actions during a cardiac arrest incident on June 11, 2015. During the incident PFC Hackett participated in CPR efforts that contributed to saving the life of the victim.

Rescue Fire Company submitted the name of Martin Pepper for Firefighter of the Year. Mr. Pepper joined the fire company in August of 1987. He became a pro-active firefighter in October of 1988, and completed all firefighting and EMS classes to become and Active Firefighter in October of 1990. Mr. Pepper has held many positions within the department, including Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, 1st and 2nd Assistant Chief and currently serves as Chief Engineer.

Deputy Joseph Carpenter was chosen by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department as their Deputy Sheriff of the Year. Deputy Carpenter started in the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and transferred to Dorchester in August of 2014. He is lauded for his willingness to lead, his thorough knowledge of Maryland law, and his concern for his fellow man. Deputy Carpenter is also a member of the Dorchester County “STAR” team, whose specially trained members provide a highly trained and skilled tactical team to be utilized in incidents considered to be of a critical or high risk nature.

Ms. Creighton presided over the ceremony, reading the commendations of the winners and congratulating them on their rich service to the city and county. She noted that Dot Geoghegan, of the Cambridge Legion post, started the National Security Program over 40 years ago. At that time, the post only honored a Police Officer of the Year from the Cambridge area. After 9/11/2001, the members voted to also honor a Firefighter of the Year and a Deputy of the Year from the Cambridge area.

Paul Clipper is the editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at

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