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County Executive Laura Neuman Honors Local Heroes in Second-Annual State of the County Address

Publish Date: 05/13/2014

Full address and ceremony are now available on county television, online


Annapolis, Maryland (May 13, 2014) — Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman recently delivered her second-annual State of the County Address to a packed room of 360 attendees at the BWI Marriott on May 5.


“I am so proud of the work we have accomplished over the last 15 months,” County Executive Neuman said in reflecting on the event. “We have so many outstanding citizens and employees in our county doing exemplary things for our community.” 


Before business and civic leaders, community members and the media, Neuman highlighted the numerous accomplishments that have been realized while she has been in office.  She addressed how her administration is building a stronger county by improving services and making it easier for citizens and businesses work with the county.


The County Executive also discussed Anne Arundel’s improved fiscal outlook and credit ratings, as well as her commitment to investing in people and resources in the public safety sector.



Unveiling the county’s new campaign, Anne Arundel County Proud!, Neuman honored three county employees and three local residents who are just a few of the thousands of citizens who give everyone in the county reason to have a great sense of pride.


Former Marine John O’Leary, president of Warrior Events, a nonprofit that supports wounded troops and their families, was lauded for founding the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Annapolis in 2012. In two years, the event has grown to include over 75 floats and has drawn over 20,000 spectators.


Neuman praised William Fisher, an Iraq War veteran, for recently becoming re-certified to serve as a firefighter with the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company. Following an injury sustained while defending his county, Fisher had his lower leg amputated, but didn’t allow the setback to prevent him from proving he could meet 13 standards set by the National Fire Protection Association that enabled him to resume protecting his community.


To raise money and awareness for those who would benefit from cochlear implants, Jacob Landis rode his bicycle 10,666 miles to 29 of the country’s 30 Major League Baseball parks, but was struck by a truck before completing the final leg of his ride. The County Executive congratulated him on raising $158,000 and funding implants for five people so far, and wished him well as he prepared to conquer the final stretch of his ride later this spring.


The Department of Aging and Disabilities’ Rodney Tasker was recognized for his tireless efforts in ensuring the County’s most vulnerable residents – senior citizens and persons with disabilities – receive curb-to-curb transportation for essential services. Tasker is the department’s transportation program director, and is charged with coordinating transit to shelters, senior centers, medical appointments, nutrition sites and other important trips.


Corporal Travis Baldwin posed as a potential cellphone purchaser in responding to a Craigslist ad, putting his life on the line to help catch a suspect who had robbed victims under the guise of selling items advertised online. Neuman thanked Baldwin for not only taking an extraordinary risk in setting up the successful sting operation, but also for going above and beyond the fundamentals of doing his job.


Finally, Firefighter Donna McGuire was honored for the heroism she demonstrated this past winter when a little girl fell down a well in Pasadena. The Technical Rescue Assignment was dispatched, including the Confined Space Rescue Team from the Jones Station Fire Department, and McGuire was lowered into the well to secure the child in a harness. She was safely extracted in under half an hour, and now considers McGuire her hero.


The full State of the County Address is available online at, and can be viewed daily on local access cable channels 38 (FiOS) and 98 (Comcast) at  4 p.m. and 8 p.m. throughout the month of May.

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