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Maryland State Police employees recognized for heroism, service

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ROSEDALE, MD—Six staff members from the Maryland State Police have received awards for their heroism, outstanding service and efforts to promote safety at the annual State Employees Risk Management Administration (SERMA) 2024 Conference.

Since its inception in Maryland on May 10, 2023, the Whole Blood Program has allowed for 122 units of whole blood to be administered to 101 patients. Whole blood is used to treat the most critically injured during transport on the AW139 helicopters.

As a result of the initiative, State Police Aviation Command Flight Paramedics First Sergeant David Svites, Sergeant Joshua Heins, Corporal Kristie Peterson, and State Aeromedical Director Dr. Douglas Floccare were each awarded the Award of Heroism. Additionally, Department Risk Manager Margaret Michel received The Linda Brooks Memorial Award for her dedication to risk management and occupational safety, and forensic photography supervisor Amy Hager received the Individual Achievement Award for her work in enhancing the health and safety of all state employees.

“The contributions that our sworn and civilian personnel have made to ensure the safety of our workforce and implement lifesaving programs is immeasurable,” said Maryland State Police Aviation Commander Major Michael Tagliaferri. “The Department is truly grateful to have people like them among the ranks of Maryland’s Finest.”

This article was written with the assistance of AI and reviewed by a human editor.

Photo: First Sergeant David Svites, Margaret Michel, Dr. Douglas Floccare, Sergeant Joshua Heins and Amy Hager.


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