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Patrolman 1st Class Emelie Thomas, a nine-year veteran of the NAS Patuxent River Police Department, was recognized as Pax River’s Officer of the Year at the Law Enforcement Appreciation Day luncheon and ceremony May 14 in Callaway, Maryland.

Ten police officers from various agencies received citations from the Office of the Governor as well as recognition from the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services, and Triad/SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together.)

Starting as a police emergency dispatcher, Thomas became a security specialist several years later and graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2016.

“PFC Thomas is a ‘go to’ officer and is consistently relied upon to assist fellow officers or serve as a subject matter expert to support the mission, most recently assisting field training officers with their recruits in the area of traffic stops and issuing citations,” said John Romer, Pax River police chief. “With her expertise and knowledge, she’s been trusted to handle a variety of calls and special assignments with no supervision, and has received accolades from command staff on her performance.”

Continuously conducting security checks on buildings and residences aboard the installation, Thomas has discovered numerous security infractions that have been used to educate the responsible parties on how to effectively safeguard government property. (All images courtesy of NAS Pax River)

Also recognized for his efforts was Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Thomas Madden of U. S. Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes. Petty Officer Madden has served eight years in the Coast Guard, becoming well-versed in the field of law enforcement. In the past year Madden participated in in nearly 70 commercial and recreational vessel boardings, contributing to the overall safety of boaters on the Chesapeake Bay. He also enforced coastal security zones, conducted armed vessel escorts, and provided safety for marine events such as the Breton Bay Boat Races and the Solomons Island 4th of July Celebration. His overall efforts improved both safety and security of the maritime domain in the Southern Maryland area.

Madden additionally serves as his unit’s Rescue and Survival Petty Officer, an enormous responsibility which entails servicing the survival equipment of more than 40 enlisted personnel.

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