Nearly 30 officers from the Prince George's County Police Department have been honored for their military service before joining the force.
"We felt honored because we were honored for our work here [in Prince George's County] but also for jobs we performed by service to the Armed Forces of the United States," said Capt. Oscar Rodriguez.
The veterans were awarded certificates for their service at the Glassmanor Citizens Association in a ceremony on Nov. 3. Retired Marine Maj. Charles Lollar, of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, was the keynote speaker. The Prince George's County Police Department's Honor Guard was also on hand to present the colors.
The following Prince George's officers were honored: James A. Harper, Oscar Rodriguez Jr., Tanya Brooks, Michelle Jones, Christopher Badiru, William Windsor, Clinton Foster, Kory Maxwell, Diane May, Tammy Irons, Raymond Aure, Lawrence Hutton, Maury Fontaine, Dorian Johnson, Phillip Zonn, Kevin McSwain, Michael Williams, Daniel Smith, Matthew Leedy, Joey Torres, Luke Allen, William Watson, Levi Vaughn, Christopher Wise, Juan Castro-Rivas, Ricardo Biddy, Tamm Cragg, Paul Campbell and Joe Perez.
At the closing of the service, attendees took a moment to honor fallen heroes from the community by lighting candles and placing wreaths in their honor.