Crespo Named Correctional Officer Of The Year by Maryland Correctional Administrators Association

The Maryland Correctional Administrators Association (MCAA) has named a two-year member of The Harford County Detention Center as Correctional Officer of the Year. Deputy Christopher Crespo was awarded the honor at the Association's Conference in Ocean City on June 6, 2004. Crespo received his prestigious award for actions he performed in rescuing several people from a burning home.

On March 24, 2003, while on his way to work at the Harford County Detention Center, Deputy Crespo saw flames coming from the rear of a residence. Deputy Crespo stopped at the residence and began knocking on the front door to help alert and evacuate any residents. The owner of the home came to the door disoriented. Deputy Crespo escorted him to a safe area and then learned the owner’s wife and baby were upstairs. With complete disregard for his safety, Deputy Crespo entered the burning home and searched for the missing victims. He located the woman and child in a second floor bedroom and brought them outside to safety. Deputy Crespo then began a house-to-house evacuation alerting two additional families of the immediate danger. Upon arrival of the local fire company he then assisted them with deploying hose lines to fight the fire.

Major Elwood Dehaven, said, “Deputy Crespo’s actions both on and off duty are a reflection of his professionalism and devotion to the community at large.” Sheriff R. Thomas Golding echoed Major Dehaven saying, "The public does not often recognize the fine work many correctional officers perform on a daily basis". "We're very proud of Deputy Crespo and equally as glad the MCAA provides a forum for officers, like Crespo, to be publicly recognized for their hard work and dedication", the Sheriff said.

Nominations for this award were submitted to the Detention Center Command Staff who chose Crespo to be the recipient of this year’s award. The conference was held at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel. Deputy Crespo was one of thirty-one officers recognized from around the State. Sheriff Golding, Warden Richard M. Aiello, and Major Elwood Dehaven were in attendance at the ceremony.

Press Release

July 12, 2004