Photo courtesy of Worcester County Commissioners.

(Nov. 8, 2019) The Worcester County Commissioners recognized the following groups and individuals for their recent accomplishments. 

Tamra Shockley 

In conjunction with proclaiming November as National Adoption month, the commissioners recognized Tamra Shockley as the 2019 Worcester County Adoptive Parent of the Year. Shockley, from Pocomoke City, was raising her two nephews in 2017 when she also welcomed then 4-year-old Liam as a foster child. She recently adopted Liam into her family. 

Shockley was awarded the recognition for “providing a loving, caring, nurturing and permanent home environment to her adoptive son, Liam.” Shockley could not be in attendance due to illness. 

Save a life

The commissioners praised Sgt. Michael Adams, Sgt. George Schoepf, Cpl. Donyell Thornton and Cpl. Aaron Johnson for saving the life of an unconscious inmate. On Oct. 5, the group administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid and called for emergency assistance. 

Adams, Schoepf, Thornton and Johnson and Wellpath medical staff continued care until Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company paramedics arrived to transport the individual to Atlantic General Hospital. 

“The correctional officers have a tremendous responsibility to maintain safety and security at the jail,” said Donna Bounds, Worcester County Jail warden. “Their quick actions in doing their duties and providing immediately medical care to a recently arrived inmate saved his life.” 

Johnson could not be present.

Matthew Owens 

Worcester County’s Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matthew Owens received the “Instructor of the Year” award from the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission at a ceremony on Oct. 10 during a conference. John Moses, director of the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy at Wor-Wic Community College, nominated Owens. 

“I appreciate being afforded the opportunity to help in the training of our public safety personal,” Owens said.

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