CENTREVILLE The Centreville Rotary Club awarded Maryland State Police Trooper Stephanie Bojnowski the 23rd annual Sgt. Wallace J. Mowbray Memorial Award for Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer for Queen Anne's County at a breakfast ceremony Thursday, May 17, at Centreville United Methodist Church.
"They were all just truly outstanding individuals," Rotary member Harold Reece said. "She was one that was really involved in volunteerism, drug arrests, fugitive arrests, traffic stops, criminal investigations. She was one that was willing to put in extra time into the community and volunteer type activities. She was just all around real good. The others were that as well, but it seemed like she was just a little bit more involved."
Mowbray's widow Iris presented the award.
"It's an honor and a privilege to receive this award," Bojnowski said. "It's great."
Bojnowski and the four other finalists for the award each received autographed copies of the book "The Ultimate Sacrifice: The Story of Maryland State Policeman Sgt. Wallace J. Mowbray," which was written by Mowbray's daughter Robin and first published last July.
"One of the things that sticks out in my mind is the officers that excel many times in doing volunteer work volunteer work that's so critical to our young people in this county and this state," Reece said. "One of the things Wallace Mowbray was big on was volunteer work in Queen Anne's County.
"I think it goes without saying that he gave as much time to volunteerism as he did actually working," Reece added. "And back in those days we worked at least 10 hours a day, that was a normal shift for us. That was Wallace Mowbray, he was always giving, always helping out the young person, be it if they were in trouble, be it for a scholarship, be it for whatever, he was right there."
The other finalists for the award were: Centreville Police Department Officer Robert Leroy Hobbs, Department of Corrections Officer Aidone Jeffers, Maryland Transportation Authority Police Officer Jeffrey Hechmen and Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office Deputy Christopher Schwink.
The finalists were nominated by their commanding officers and a Rotary committee reviewed the nomination information, ranking the nominees to select the award's recipient.
"A lot of weight and emphasis is placed on what the commanding officers give us in terms of a write up regarding their nominee," Rotary Vice President Henry Brandt said.