GPD Officers Recognized at Public Safety Ceremony
The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s annual Public Safety Breakfast recognized first responders throughout the area for their service. Many Gaithersburg Police Department (GPD) officers were recognized for their bravery.
- Officer Kyle Khuen and Officer Kevin Story received the Distinguished Service Citation for their proactive DUI enforcement in 2018.
- The Street Crimes Unit—Sergeant Willie Delgado, Corporal Wade Caron, Officer Larbi Dakkouni, Officer Evan Milano and Officer Mark McGinnis—received the Distinguished Service Citation for their work investigating criminal activity involving violent offenders.
- Officer Bobby Blackmon received the Meritorious Service Citation for the positive relationships he has developed with student communities.
K9 Max Reaches End of Watch
Gaithersburg Police Department Officer Chad Eastman and Max, a Belgian Malinois, were a K9 team for eight-and-a-half years, working a variety of calls for service. Max was skilled at sniffing out drugs and tracking suspects in wooded areas. He was also well known throughout the community, visiting with residents during fundraisers and demonstrating his skills. He retired in 2015 and lived with Officer Eastman and his family. He passed away last week at the age of 12 and a half.