Clipped From The Cumberland News
Former Resident Given Police Training Award , First Sergeant John G. Blades,' Â· assistant commander of the Ben- son State Police Barracks, a for- Â·mer resident of Cumberland, has received a $2.000 grant-in-aid award to attend the 1965-66 Traf- fic Police Administration Train- ing Program at the Traffic "Institute at Northwestern Uni- . He was appointed to the state [police on November 3, 1347 and -has spent over 15 years at Ben- /son, being promoted to his pres- ent rank on July 1, 1963. He will Ibe at the universily al Evanston, 111. for about nine months, having .started his studies earlier this month. f Sergeant Blades Is a SOD of Â·Mrs. Harry C. ' Blades of 919 '.Grand Avenue and graduated .from Fort Hill High School in 12941 and is a former BIO em- ;ploye. He is married to the for- .mer Sue Ueister, city, and the couple has Iwo children. During World War II he held the rank of Lieutenant (jg) in Navy Air Corps, serving seven months as a combat pilot in Pacific. Colonel Jarman said Sergeant Blades was one of 50 candidates seleded to attend the Institute, out of over 200 applicants from all sections of Ihe country. The invaluable experience and training he will gain at the Institute will benefit both the partment and the citizens of Maryland, the Colonel said. The grant-in-award was given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Sergeant Blades is only the second member of the state police ever so the other being the former as- sistant commander at Benson. Lt. Hugh Evcrline, now head the slate police patrol - on the Kennedy .Memorial Highway.