Hurlock recognizes outstanding service

Special to the Dorchester Banner/Susan Bautz
Det. Zachary Howard of the Hurlock Police Department accepted an award for service to his community from J.C. Collins, left, and Hurlock Police Chief Les Hutton at the city council’s May 12 meeting.

HURLOCK — Recognition for outstanding service to the community was front and center at the May 12 Hurlock Town Council meeting. Mayor Michael Henry noted that May 13-18 was national Police Week and May 15 was Police Day.

In 1962 Pres. Lyndon Johnson declared Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in honor of peace officers killed in the line of duty. The law was amended by the law enforcement act of 1994 in which Pres. Clinton declared the American flag be flown annually at half mast on May 15. Mayor Henry offered a proclamation that asked “Hurlock citizens who fly the American flag to fly it at half mast to show respect and gratitude for the sacrifices those police officers make for their town and country.”

A member of the Hurlock Downtown Committee and long-time business owner J.C. Collins honored local residents who serve their community as law enforcement officers and volunteer Firefighters for National Firefighters Day on May 4 and National Police Week. He said, “Those who know me know that I come from that background…They look after us day after day to let us do our normal routine.” He pointed out that they leave their families to take care of our families.

Voted Hurlock police officer of the year by the Downtown Committee, Det. Zachary Howard joined the Hurlock department in 2015 as a Salisbury University graduate. Mr. Collins explained, “He has always been willing to go above and beyond what’s required of him.” He has a “great relationship with his peers and is recognized by the community for his ability to interact with everyone.”

In his comments before an award to sheriff’s Deputy Lee Hagadorn, Mr. Collins said, “Our police department is the best I’ve ever seen it and one reason is because Les (Police Chief Les Hutton) flows almost seamlessly with other departments.” He said the resources available to us from other departments, like the sheriff’s department, are much needed. Deputy Hagadorn joined the department in January, 2003 and in 2009 was assigned to investigative duties.

The firefighter of the year has been with the Hurlock Volunteer Fire Co. (HVFC) for 43 years. According to Mr. Collins, Ward Higgins is “the guy that you go to when you want something done. Although absent at the council meeting, Mr. Higgins’ award was accepted on his behalf by HVFC chief Jason Trego and 1st assistant chief Marlon Parker.

In his comments, chief Hutton said, “On behalf of the police department in Hurlock and other agencies we appreciate the recognition from the downtown committee and for the firefighters. We get awards for ourselves but when we are recognized by those we serve it has special meaning. We appreciate the fact that your group took the time to do this and from the bottom of my heart I thank you.”

Susan Bautz is a freelance writer for the Dorchester Banner.

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