Friday, December 18, 2009

New United States Park Police Officers

The United States Park Police would like to welcome eighteen new officers to its ranks. These officers received their badges from Chief of Police Lauro on December 18, 2009.

• Jean R. Augustin
• William H. Bachmann, Jr.
• Joseph Barracato
• Cameron G. Easter
• Ryan M. Evasick
• Joshua L. Gowdie
• Michael D. Green
• Farouk E. Henry
• Jonathan M. Hope
• Vincent T. Laddaga
• Andrew N. Lauro
• Christian N. Ngassa
• David B. Paik
• Craig Phoenix
• Anthony D. Pierelli
• Michael E. Shalton, Jr.
• Renee L. Stone
• Caleb R. Williams

Congratulations to all of them. They put an enormous effort into this accomplishment.

In Memory Of Fallen Officers

The eighteen new officers joining the ranks of the United States Park Police had their last training run as recruits downtown around the monuments and memorials they will soon protect.

Physical fitness is paramount for police officers and this run only added to their high level of conditioning.

Since the commanders of the United States Park Police firmly believe in leading by example, the Chief of Police, a Deputy Chief of Police, two Majors, and a Captain joined the newest members of the Force for this fitness run.

Fitness is critical, however equally important is the sense of community all officers must share. This family of law enforcement must never forget those officers who gave their lives serving with us. The new officers were told of those United States Park Police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice for the people they serve.

Bringing this point home firmly was the presence of the surviving son of one of our fallen.

Hakim Farthing died in the line of duty on August 10, 2002. He is survived by his now eleven year old son, Eric.

Eric met the new officers and followed them as they ran the National Mall. When the runners finnished at Headquarters, Eric was presented with the recruit class "guidon."

This run clearly established the link all of us have with those who served before.

Eric will always be part of our family.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Fatal Crash On Suitland Parkway

One person died in a crash on the Suitland Parkway.

This crash happened on Monday December 14, 2009 at about 6:37 am eastbound Suitland Parkway at Meadowview Drive, which is between Silver Hill Road and Forestville Road in Suitland, Maryland.

The decedent, 32 year old Shawn Bowman of Suitland, Maryland sustained critical injuries in the crash where his vehicle overturned. He was transported to Prince Georges Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland by Prince Georges County Fire Department ambulance. Shortly after his arrival at Prince Georges Hospital Center, he succumbed to the injuries.

The other vehicle involved in the crash was occupied by an adult female and a baby, both of whom sustained non life threatening injuries, and transported to Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton, Maryland.

United States Park Police Detectives and Crash Reconstructionists are investigating this crash.

Any witnesses are asked to contact the United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Tip Line at (202) 610-8737.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fatal Crash Baltimore Washington Parkway

One person is dead following a car crash northbound on the Baltimore Washington Parkway at Maryland Route 198.

This crash happened at about 5:00 am on Friday December 11, 2009.

The crash involved one vehicle occupied only by the driver. The car left the roadway and struck the stone bridge abutment head on.

The driver, David A. WEEDON, 52 years old from Laurel, Maryland, died at the scene.

United States Park Police Detectives and Crash Reconstructionists are investigating this scene to ascertain causitive factors.

Any witnesses to this crash are asked to call the United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch "Tipline" at (202) 610-8737.