Dozens of Montgomery County cops had been honored for lifesaving and heroic acts, amongst them a gaggle that raced to assist a fellow officer as they tried to cease a rushing driver in October.

Dozens of Montgomery County, Maryland, cops had been honored Thursday for his or her lifesaving and heroic acts; amongst them was a gaggle that raced to assist a fellow officer as they tried to cease a rushing driver in October.

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Montgomery Co. police sergeant who misplaced legs honors officers who helped save his life

Montgomery County cops Matthew Duerr, Julian Martinez, Nicole Seymour, Diane Burkes and Andre Smith had been honored for his or her actions after Sgt. Patrick Kepp was hit by the driving force on Interstate 270 final October.

Kepp, who misplaced each legs because of the crash and walks with the help of a cane, stood on stage, giving hugs to every officer as their actions on the scene of the crash had been detailed by Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones.

“I’m so grateful to be standing and be strolling in right here and be capable of, , be up there on stage with them for all that they did for me,” Kepp mentioned.

“They acted with out hesitation and with out fail and clearly saved my life.”

After the ceremony at Montgomery County Police Headquarters in Gaithersburg, Martinez instructed reporters whereas he appreciated the dignity, his actions that evening had been merely a mirrored image of the coaching he’s gone via as an officer.

“Why all of us signed up is to do one of the best we are able to to assist out the residents of Montgomery County and anybody that comes via it,” Martinez mentioned.

During a ceremony at Montgomery County Police Headquarters, officers Matthew Duerr, Julian Martinez, Nicole Seymour, Diane Burkes and Andre Smith had been had been honored for his or her actions after Sgt. Patrick Kepp was hit by the driving force on Interstate 270. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

Seeing Kepp in uniform and strolling is a part of a better restoration, Martinez mentioned.

“I do know in my coronary heart that he’s going to do no matter he can to get again on the street and I’ve no doubts that he’ll get there,” Martinez mentioned.

And that’s precisely Kepp’s plan. He’s nonetheless absolutely engaged in his restoration, he mentioned, however ultimately he’ll be again on patrol.

“Talking to my medical doctors and all the pieces, everybody sees that there’s no purpose that I gained’t be again at work full time, doing precisely what I used to be doing,” Kepp mentioned. “I’ll be again on the street, locking up impaired drivers” and attempting, he mentioned, to make the roads secure for everybody.

Elrich needs to get more durable reckless driving legal guidelines handed

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich pledged that his administration would be part of state lawmakers and return to Annapolis subsequent 12 months to push for passage of payments to crack down on reckless drivers.

“We’ll return there once more subsequent 12 months till we get this proper,” Elrich mentioned throughout the awards ceremony Thursday.

He defined, “We had been within the legislature attempting to get them to cross legal guidelines that may stiffen the penalties and additional criminalize drivers, like the driving force who in the end hit Sgt. Kepp.”

The driver accused of deliberately hitting Sgt. Kepp, 19-year-old Raphael Mayorga of Frederick, is dealing with greater than dozen costs, together with tried homicide, assault and eluding a police officer.

Elich was referring to 2 items of laws that didn’t get out of committee throughout the General Assembly session that simply ended.

One of the payments, HB-1111, would have expanded the definition of “reckless endangerment” to incorporate reckless use of a motorized vehicle. That would topic drivers responsible of reckless use of a automobile to as much as 5 years in jail and $5,000 in fines.

HB-1160 would have expanded acts that may meet the usual of reckless driving to individuals who drive at 90 mph or extra. A driver discovered responsible in that case might be imprisoned for as much as a 12 months and resist $5,000 in fines.

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