The Ocean City Police Department is proud to announce that acting Lieutenant Mark L. Paddack has earned the National Rifle Association (NRA), Law Enforcement Division, Distinguished Revolver Medal. On June 16, 2012, A/Lt. Paddack received the NRA Distinguished Revolver Medal #779 after placing in the Palmetto State Regional sponsored by the South Carolina Police Combat League and hosted by the Charleston (SC) Police Department.
The NRA Distinguished Revolver Medal program, which was developed and instituted in 1973, recognizes law enforcement professionals in the excellence of Police Combat Competition using a stock service type revolver. A/Lt. Paddack began utilizing his police handgun training in service revolver competition in 2004, in preparation for the distinguished revolver medal. Paddack has traveled over 15,300 miles to matches in Jackson, MS, Tuscaloosa, AL, Charleston, SC, Richmond, VA, Frederick, MD, Upstate, NJ and Peekskill, NY representing Ocean City’s law enforcement community in competition.
Thus far in 2012, Paddack is only the second law enforcement officer in the United States to earn the distinguished revolver medal. Since1973, when the distinguished revolver program began, Paddack becomes only the 779th law enforcement officer to receive the medal during the 39-year history of the program. In the State of Maryland, Paddack became the 41st Marylander to receive the award.
“I am proud of the commitment, skill and determination shown by A/Lt. Paddack,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino. “Earning a Distinguished Ribbon takes a specialized skill, specific knowledge, training, experience and complete dedication. He has gone well beyond the average law enforcement practitioner and I am pleased to have him represent the Ocean City Police Department.”
Paddack’s accomplishment brings the total to five past and present members of the Ocean City Police Department to earn the title as distinguished. Previous OCPD members earning the distinguished revolver medal are retired Captain Robert Bokinsky #539 in 1994 (currently Chief of Police, Pella, Iowa), Lt. Richard Moreck #668 in 2001, Captain Greg Guiton #686 in 2002, retired Lt. Mark Doyle #701 in 2003.