STEVENSVILLE — When a boater fell unconscious into the water Sunday, Sept. 6, at Kentmorr Marina, Eagle Scout Brice O’Malley of Queen Anne Colony sprang into action, calling on his Scout-learned emergency preparedness and First Aid skills to save a life.
O’Malley, a member of BSA Troop 1631, works at the marina. He said the emergency occurred around 9:30 a.m., shortly after he started work for the day. O’Malley was doing a trash run when he heard a woman screaming for help.
The boater had slipped while cleaning the deck of his boat, falling and hitting his head, knocking himself unconscious and falling into the water. His foot became tangled in a rope and he was dangling, upside down with his head under water, O’Malley said.
Jerri Fleetwood leaving her boat at a nearby slip saw the man stuck under the boat, upside down in the water, and called for help.
“When Brice was alerted of this situation his Eagle Scout instincts took over, and he immediately sprang into action, racing to the scene and jumping into the water, untangling the stricken boater whose body was intertwined in dock lines,” said Assistant Scout Master Wes Ridgley.
Fleetwood and another boater, Eileen Cullen, were just able to get the man's head out of the water.
O’Malley jumped onto the swim ladder and got the man to the surface, helping to keep his head above water. His boss Alex Sweitzer and another slip holder ran over and helped him get the man out of the water, O’Malley said.
The man had been under water for several minutes, his skin was gray, and he wasn’t breathing, O’Malley said.
O’Malley’s Scout training came into play again as he proceeded with effective rescue techniques to clear the man’s airway, Ridgley said.
O’Malley said he used his knuckles to press on the man’s chest and expel the water. As the water was being pushed out, the man regained consciousness and “began puking water,” O’Malley said.
O’Malley continued to provide care, trying to keep the man stabilized, until emergency medical services personnel arrived.
The man was disoriented. He couldn’t recall his name and didn’t know where he was, but he was conscious, breathing and talking when he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
“Brice assisted in all aspects of the rescue and is to be lauded for his heroic actions,” Ridgley said. “His actions show the true measure of Brice’s character as an Eagle Scout and bring great credit upon the members of Scouts BSA, Troop 1631 and the rank of Eagle Scout!”
Ridgely said he was exceedingly proud of O’Malley’s response in this crisis to holding up the high ideals of being an Eagle Scout.
O’Malley remained calm throughout the emergency. He said, as a Scout, he trained to be calm in situations like that, plus he’s a “laid-back guy.”
“I’m just glad I was there at the right time,” O’Malley said.
The marina received an update from the hospital Tuesday morning saying the man was in the intensive care unit.
O’Malley’s parents, Carolyn and David, also said they were proud of him and the skills he learned as a Scout. Scouting is a family tradition. O’Malley’s younger brother Chase, 16, is pursuing his Eagle Scout Award. A Life Scout with Troop 1631, he is a junior at Severn School.
Chase has chosen a unique clean the Bay effort for his Eagle project. He is working with SeaBin Project to install two trash skimming devices at Kentmorr to clean the water. He needs to raise $12,000 to complete the project and currently has a GoFundMe donation page; search: Eagle Scout Project to Clean the Bay. Look for more on this project later.
CENTREVILLE — The Centreville Town Council announces the appointment of Joseph S. Saboury as the new chief of the Centreville Police Department. The appointment was made after a diligent search that resulted in 77 interested applicants from throughout Maryland and beyond.
“We are very pleased to find an individual in our backyard with the level of experience and expertise that Joe Saboury can offer the town,” said Council President Jeff Morgan.
Saboury is a long-time resident of Centreville. In 1980, his family moved to Centreville, where he attended and graduated from Queen Anne’s County High School in 1987. He went on to pursue a career in law enforcement by serving as an intelligence specialist in the United States Army, where he served on active duty from 1988-1992. After an honorable discharge, Saboury applied for and was accepted to the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy. He graduated and served as a Queen Anne’s County Deputy Sheriff from 1993-1998. During this assignment Saboury was assigned to patrol and K-9.
In 1998, Saboury was accepted into the Maryland State Police Academy, where he graduated as president of the 111th Maryland State Police Academy Class. Over the next 20 years he proudly served at State Police Barracks across the Eastern Shore and Baltimore Metro Regions. Saboury rose through the ranks of the Maryland State Police and retired as the Assistant Commander of the Maryland State Police Criminal Intelligence Section and Commander of the Eastern Shore Criminal Intelligence Center.
During his tenure with the Maryland State Police, Saboury received numerous awards and commendations for service above and beyond the call of duty. A few of his certifications included firearms instructor, crash reconstructionist, and response to active assailant threat instructor for police and civilians. After retirement, he served as the chief management analyst with the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, and most recently was manager of Special Police for the Administrative Office of the Courts for the Maryland Judiciary.
Saboury and his family enjoy spending time on their boat, fishing and sports. Saboury is an active community member, having served on the Corsica River Conservancy Board, Northbrook Homeowners Association Board, Town of Centreville Personnel Review Board, Town of Centreville Board of Zoning Appeals, Queen Anne’s County Animal Control Board, and is a former council member for the Town of Church Hill.
Saboury is an active volunteer coach in Queen Anne’s County, where he has coached youth sports in basketball, travel baseball and soccer.
Saboury said he is excited for the opportunity to bring over 30 years of law enforcement experience, leadership and management to the Centreville Police Department, residents, community members and business owners of the town of Centreville.
“We have every expectation that Chief Saboury will continue to expand upon the departmental improvements that have been initiated by his predecessors,” said Council Vice President Tim McCluskey.
The Town Council extended a special thank you to Acting Police Chief Lt. Conrad Meil for leading the Centreville Police Department during the search. Meil’s knowledge and experience with the department have been invaluable during this transition process, they said in a news release.
Saboury is expected to start his new job Monday, Sept. 15, but won’t be officially sworn in until later in the week.
His swearing-in will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 on the courthouse green in front of the former Queen Anne’s County Circuit Courthouse in a special outdoor ceremony for family and friends, said Carolyn Brinkley, town clerk. A second, ceremonial swearing-in will take place about 7:05 p.m. during the town council meeting in the county commissioners’ meeting room at the Liberty building; that ceremony will be available for public viewing on QAC-TV.
Centreville Police officers have been keeping town streets safe for 174 years with the first officer sworn in on Sept. 10, 1846. Today, with 13 sworn officers, Centreville is the only municipality in Queen Anne’s County with a police force.
CENTREVILLE — Candidate for Centreville Town Council, Shelby Brown is an Eastern Shore local who grew up on Kent Island and moved to Centreville in 2018 where she instantly fell in love with the town. Brown lives here with her husband and their chocolate lab and hopes to one day raise a family in town. Shortly after moving to Centreville, Brown joined the Parks Advisory Board and has thoroughly enjoyed learning about the town’s plans and projects. Seeing the hard work and dedication of our towns employees and board members come to life has inspired her to run for Town Council, said Brown.
“I love this town and want to help in any way I can,” said Brown, “I want to dedicate my time to enriching our town for our families, our community, and local businesses.” Brown works locally as an event planner and would like to use her skills and passion to help plan diverse community events that everyone can enjoy, events that will promote local businesses, bring families together, and show case the beautiful historic town, she said.
Brown also wants to focus on public safety and supporting parks and public spaces all while being fiscally responsible with the town’s budget and resources.
“During my time on the Parks Advisory Board, I have seen firsthand how impactful grant writing can be,” said Brown, “If elected, I would like to lead grant writing campaigns to further help our town take advantage of environmental, economic, and educational development opportunities.”
Brown said it would be a great privilege to serve her community as a member of the Council. She said she will do so by listening openly to the concerns of all community members with the goal of building a better Centreville, one that thrives economically while maintaining its small-town historic charm.
“I encourage everyone to vote on October 5,” said Brown, “Change starts here. We live in an incredibly special place and together, we make up the heart of this town. I am proud to call Centreville my home and would be honored to earn your vote.”
QUEENSTOWN — The plan was to first lift the 400-pound bell, then the 3,000-pound steeple into the air, hoisted by a tall mobile crane, and guided into place atop the church by men in a bucket lift hovering nearby.
The scene was St. Luke’s Chapel in Queenstown on a warm, windless morning, the day after Labor Day, Sept. 8. The Chapel’s superstructure had been standing for months in the church driveway, taken down so that urgent repairs could be made to the portions of the frame building supporting the bell and steeple. Now the day had come to put them back up.
Larry Willis of Willow Construction in Easton was project manager supervising the repair and re-installation.
“I’ve been with Willow for 32 years,” he said, “and doing this kind of work for 48 years, and I’ve never done anything like this. We just have to take it slow and be mindful of everything. We only have one chance.”
Don Regenhardt, Queenstown resident and the Junior Warden of Wye Parish, was also on site. He is responsible for the buildings and grounds of the Parish’s two churches, St. Luke’s Chapel in Queenstown and Old Wye Church in Wye Mills. He had shepherded the St. Luke’s repairs from their inception in 2019, when extensive rotten wood was discovered during routine maintenance and painting.
As the bell began its ascent, the Rev. Charlie Osberger, long-serving Rector of Wye Parish, was on hand to lead a prayer for the success of the lift from the Episcopal Book of Occasional Services.
“O God, accept our offering of this bell,” he intoned. “Grant that in this generation and in those that are to come, its voice may continually call your people to praise and worship.”
The bell that was on its way back to its perch had already called many generations. Originally cast for a monastery in Portugal sometime before 1746, it had traveled a roundabout route through Brazil to Queenstown, the gift from a parishioner, William DeCourcy Wright, when the Chapel was built in 1842.
With the bell safely in place, it was time for the steeple to make its ascent and be placed over the bell. Carefully roped and balanced, it was ready to be lifted into place. The small crowd of spectators applauded again as it rode up from the ground and the Willow team, all hands on deck, steered it onto the top of the church.
Mission accomplished. All had gone smoothly, and the “Bell of Portugal” will be heard once again on Sundays in Queenstown — secured for another 50 years at least, Regenhardt predicted.