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The Maryland State Police Aviation Command recognized Trooper John “Jack” Wildman as 2017 Maryland State Police Aviation Command’s Trooper of the Year.

Wildman received the honor due to his outstanding performance, leadership and a personal desire to help others in the community though his position in Maryland State Police Aviation Command. Wildman is an active trooper who successfully blends his experience as a paramedic with his passion for law enforcement.

Wildman, 24, has been with Maryland State Police since 2015. He is currently assigned to the Aviation Command Frederick Section. Wildman has a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and has completed coursework in a graduate program at Johns Hopkins University. In 2017, Wildman led the Aviation Command across all criminal and traffic enforcement categories. He also continuously seeks to self-improve by attending various extensive training opportunities.

In addition, Wildman has participated in several notable aerial rescues in 2017. Of note, Wildman has utilized all three of Maryland State Police’s Aviation Command aerial rescue devices in 2017: the PEP (patient extrication platform) bag, rescue basket, and stokes litter.

In August 2017, Wildman was deployed from the aircraft, via hoist, at the Prettyboy Dam in Baltimore County. A drowning victim had been resuscitated by the Baltimore County Fire Department, but all efforts to extricate the patient had failed. Wildman completed a stokes litter extraction of the victim in cardiac arrest with a LUCUS mechanical CPR device attached.

The patient regained pulses after being hoisted to the aircraft. This was the first and only known hoist in Maryland history utilizing a device which supplied continuous mechanical compressions to the patient during the hoisting operation. As a result of Wildman’s aerial rescue experience he has been able to make some critical post mission evaluations to improve the system and service provided in this area.

Wildman remained active in a variety of community service programs during 2017. These programs included the Badges and Bookbags community outreach program, Carroll County Police Explorer Academy, where he volunteered to teach basic first aid/CPR to 20 students interested in police-related careers, and Shop with a Cop in Cecil County.

Badges and Bookbags is a pilot program which paired Wildman and two additional troopers with eight fifth-graders at Church Creek Elementary School in Harford County. The group met weekly for two months and completed readings from a Frederick Douglass biography, discussing positive leadership.

Maryland State Police Aviation Command 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.