Knights of Columbus Honors Deputies

(Bel Air, Md. – February 22, 2006) — The Bel Air Knights of Columbus recognized two Harford County deputy sheriff’s for outstanding service to the community at their Annual Community Service Awards Dinner held on February 21, 2006. Deputy John Blair was honored as Correctional Officer of the Year and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon was honored as Police Officer of the Year. Each honoree was selected by the Knights of Columbus after soliciting nominees from all law enforcement agencies in the county.

On July 1, 2005, Deputy Blair was assigned to hospital duty at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center guarding an inmate who had been admitted for medical complications. As deputy Blair was leaving the hospital after his tour of duty he observed three people attempting to assist an unconscious male into the emergency room. Without hesitation, Deputy Blair placed the individual in a wheel chair, notified the medical staff and ensured that the male was quickly placed in he emergency area. As Deputy Blair began to once again leave the hospital, a nurse rushed from the building calling for assistance. The male had regained consciousness and had become extremely combative. Deputy Blair rushed back into the emergency room and physically restrained the individual utilizing his handcuffs. During the struggle, a knife with a five-inch blade fell from the subject’s pocket. A nurse quickly secured it until it could be safely transferred to Deputy Blair. It is fairly certain that had not Deputy Blair been there to render the assistance necessary, those attempting to deal with the combative individual may have sustained serious injuries.

On February 10, 2005, DFC Mark Logsdon was called upon to respond to an open 911 call. Upon arrival at the residence, he entered the premise and observed an adult male sitting on the floor approximately six feet from him. The male had a shotgun point at his throat and was indicating a desire t commit suicide. DFC Logsdon immediately engaged the man in a conversation and learned that the gun was in fact loaded. Acting in a calm and professional manner, DFC Logsdon after much conversation convinced the man to put aside the shotgun and seek medical assistance. When he did so, DFC Logsdon secured the weapon, placed the man in custody and transported him to Harford Memorial Hospital for an emergency evaluation. DFC Logsdon’s actions led to the successful resolution of a high risk and difficult matter.

Commenting on the awards Sheriff R. Thomas Golding stated, “I would like to thank the Knights of Columbus for sponsoring these awards. These efforts to recognize and honor members of our profession are much appreciated. Deputy Blair and DFC Logsdon embody the attributes that we seek in a deputy and they are a credit to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Harford County.”

Press Release

February 22, 2006