On August 27, 2014, Sheriff Tim Cameron and the men and women of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were proud to present Corporal Shawn Cathcart with a Sheriff’s Salute and K9 Bruno with a Meritorious Action Award for their courageous actions in apprehending a violent suspect.

“On April 25, 2014, Corporal Shawn Cathcart and K9 Bruno were requested to assist the Maryland State Police with a vehicle pursuit. The suspect had an extensive violent criminal history and was believed to be under the influence of PCP. After the vehicle was disabled, the suspect refused all commands and K9 Bruno was sent to make the apprehension. The suspect kicked Bruno so forcefully in the head that he flipped backwards in the air and landed on his back. After Tasers failed to subdue the suspect, Bruno re-engaged and was violently kicked in the head a second time. Despite being kicked repeatedly, Bruno fearlessly engaged the suspect a third time holding him by the lower leg until he was handcuffed and in custody. K9 Bruno performed admirably, reverting to training while putting fear of injury aside and the sense of duty first” – Sheriff Tim Cameron.

This is the first time in the history of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office a K9 has been awarded a Meritorious Action Award.