Deputy Honored as Police Officer of the Year by Knights of Columbus
Deputy Tom Gregory was recently recognized by the Mason Dixon Council of the Knights of Columbus as Police Officer of the Year. Deputy Gregory, a two-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office assigned to Patrol Operations, was selected from numerous candidates. The award was presented during the Mason Dixon Council’s Annual Public Safety Awards Ceremony held on the evening of the 22nd at St. Mary’s Church in Pylesville.
On February 22, 2003 Deputy Gregory responded to a call for service at the Briarhill Shopping Center for a drunk and disorderly male inside a business establishment. The male was escorted out of the business to the front of the shopping center to defuse the situation and obtain identification. While obtaining identification, Deputy Gregory was physically assaulted by the subject when he grabbed Deputy Gregory’s forearm and began bending his hand backwards. A struggle ensued with both Deputy Gregory and the subject falling to the pavement. While on the ground the subject was finally subdued and arrested but not before Deputy Gregory severely injured his right ankle. As the result of his injury Deputy Gregory underwent surgery and months of physical therapy to fully recover and return to duty.
Commenting on Deputy Gregory’s award Sheriff Golding added, “It’s rewarding to see Sheriff’s Office deputies recognized by organizations in the community. Deputy Gregory should be commended on his commitment to duty. His efforts allowed Deputy Gregory to overcome an adverse situation to successfully apprehend a violent offender.”