Seven years after displaying unimaginable bravery and courage, Cpl. Kenneth Porter finally has some closure.
In 2006, when Porter was a deputy first class with the Cecil Sheriff's Office, he struck and killed an armed man following a domestic assault on Silchester Drive, Elkton. Porter was honored for his bravery and courage and potentially saving his own life and the life of another deputy. Cpl. Porter said the Medal of Honor brought him a little "closure" regarding that incident.
William Muller was a deputy completing his field training when he and DFC Christopher Lewis (who is now a Cpl.) exchanged gunfire with an armed man near Charlestown in July 2006. The pair were presented with the Medal of Honor for dealing with a "violent, dangerous suspect." Family members of both Muller and Lewis attended the awards ceremony. The two deputies talked about how much time has passed and how much has happened since the night of the shoot out. At the time, Lewis' wife was just a few weeks from delivering the couple's first child. Now, Lewis has three children and Muller has infant twins.
Others receiving honors for 2012 are as follows:
DFC Frankie Stephens received a Sheriff's Salute for what he did while off duty on December 17, 2012. In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the deputy sat in the cafeteria at Perryville Elementary School in an effort to ease anxiety of students and parents.
DFC Michael Strohecker was presented with a Sheriff's Salute for his leadership role, ability to be a team player, positive attitude, and for volunteering within the community.
DFC Michael Zack was honored with a Sheriff's Salute for his investigation into an October, 2012 fatal motor vehicle accident. The deputy's "tenacious" approach to the accident investigation resulted in the driver being charged with vehicular manslaughter.
DFC Michael Thomas was honored for leading the Cecil Sheriff's Office in warrant arrests in 2012.
DFC Michael Kalinsky needs longer arms to hold all his plaques. For three years, Kalinsky has led the agency in arrests in multiple categories. For 2012, he was honored for leading the agencies in motor vehicle citations issued, DUI/DWI arrests, drug arrests, and criminal arrests. Every day that he's scheduled, Kalinsky drives his personal car to work from his home 65 miles away in Pennsylvania before getting in his patrol car and taking to the streets of Cecil County. "I just enjoy what I do. I come to work everyday and I still get a high from doing my job," said Kalinsky. He also said his success can be attributed to two things - "an understanding wife and a good crew (of fellow deputies)."
DFC Terry Ressin, a detective, was named Deputy of the Year for his exceptional service and diligence. Ressin retired from working for the Baltimore City Police Department before coming to Cecil County. He has worked at the agency for three years. "There's a lot of people more deserving than me, probably. It's a group effort but it's nice to be singled out," said Ressin.
DFC Mark Messner did not attend the awards event, but received a Sheriff's Salute for his work and dedication volunteering with students who have special needs.