The Maryland State Police Aviation Command recently recognized Jude Gallagher with the Pilot of the Year Award.
Gallagher was recognized for his outstanding commitment and contributions to the Maryland State Police Aviation Command. Gallagher has held the positions of line pilot with the Salisbury Section, command flight operations instructor pilot and maintenance pilot, where he earned a reputation for dependability, selflessness, and continuously going above and beyond the call of duty.
Gallagher performed the initial new pilot and upgrade pilot training, which included a very intensive flight training syllabus. He also selflessly volunteered to fill numerous section crew duties throughout the state and often shifted his time off to get the job accomplished while significantly enhancing the operational capability and readiness of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command.
In addition, Gallagher has made a significant operational impact by the quality of his work and he is dedicated to the core values of the Maryland State Police. Gallagher’s outstanding performance and contribution reflects greatly upon himself, the Maryland State Police, the Aviation Command and the ideals embodied in the 2017 Pilot of the Year Award.
Gallagher who has been an employee of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command for more than five years, resides with his wife Mary and his two children in Lewes, Delaware.
The Maryland State Police Aviation provides round-the-clock coverage in Maryland for a variety of airborne public safety missions. Ten AW-139 helicopters based out of seven sections across the state provide medevac, search and rescue, aerial law enforcement, and homeland security services.