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April 23, 2013

Purple Heart recipient, Westmar graduate named state Trooper of the Year

Christopher Toey assigned to Cumberland barrack

PIKESVILLE — Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus L. Brown awarded Trooper of the Year to a Purple Heart recipient and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year to a trooper extremely active in his community and at work.   

In a ceremony that recognized the local winners from each barrack and division, Brown congratulated Trooper of the Year Tfc. Christopher R. Toey and Sgt. Michael J. Smart, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. Toey is assigned to Cumberland barrack and Smart supervises a work group at the John F. Kennedy Highway Barrack.

“The accomplishments of these troopers demonstrate the high standards of professionalism, dedication to duty and commitment to the citizens of Maryland,” said Brown. “Both are continuing the tradition and outstanding reputation that the state police have been known for in our past and will continue in our future.”

Last year, Toey led the troopers at the Cumberland barrack in traffic stops with 1,846 and in the numbers of citations, warnings and equipment repair orders issued, which totaled 2,489.  He led the barrack in criminal investigation reports and the number of arrests, making 78 adult criminal and drug arrests. He made 44 warrant arrests, also more than any other trooper at the barrack. He answered more than 750 calls for service, again leading the barrack.   

Toey ranked second at the barrack for the number of firearms recovered with seven. He made the second highest number of drunk driving arrests at the barrack with 13.   

 Last year, he volunteered for deployment to New Jersey to assist with Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. He was instrumental in founding the Cumberland Barrack Law Enforcement Explorer Post. He contacted county schools and area media to promote the program. He recruited volunteers and put together a team to guide the youth who joined the program.   

He also volunteered for the Shop With A Cop program, which helps make holiday wishes come true for underprivileged children. He is an alumni member of the Wounded Warrior Project and works as a peer mentor for wounded veterans. He volunteers packing backpacks with Under Armour items provided for the nation’s wounded veterans.   

 “Tfc. Toey’s reports are always clear, concise, and complete,” said his supervisor, Sgt. Vincent Uphole. “He goes above and beyond in all investigations ...”

His barrack commander, Lt. Mike Fluharty, said, “He will always volunteer for special assignments, like the deployment to New Jersey. He consistently asks for assignments that are challenging and exceeds expectations when he completes them.”   

Toey’s commitment to serve began long before he joined the Maryland State Police. After graduating from Westmar High School in 2001, he joined the U.S. Army. He was selected to be a member of the elite 82nd Airborne Division. He served the nation with distinction during combat in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered during combat in Iraq.

Smart joined the Maryland State Police in 1997. Before his service in Maryland, he was an officer with the Winslow Township Police in Camden County, N.J., for 11 years.  


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