St. Mary’s County States Attorney’s Office via Facebook

On November 14, 2019, St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Richard Fritz was proud to sponsor the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center’s ( MCVRC) Dinner Celebration commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Maryland Declaration of Rights, Article 47, Crime Victims’s Rights. Maryland’s Article 47, leads the Nation in ensuring that the voice and rights of victims are protected in criminal proceedings.

The event included a presentation of the MCVRC’s Olivier Smith, Jr. Award to St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Blaine Gaskill for the bravery and courage he demonstrated during the shooting at Great Mills High School on March 20, 2018. Dep. Gaskill was presented the award from the family of Oliver Smith, Jr. and was commended for his extraordinary bravery in protecting students and preventing further loss of life.

Joining the presentation were Assistant State’s Attorney, Kevin R. Hill, MCVRC Executive Director Kurt Wolfgang, and founder of the Stephanie Roper Committee, Roberta Roper.

The MCVRC serves victims throughout the State of Maryland by offering, among other things, criminal justice education, court accompaniment, therapeutic counseling, support groups, community education, direct legal representation, and policy advocacy.

More information about the MCVRC can be found at

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