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New Public Safety Officers Sworn In

Annapolis, MD (11-16-11) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen applauded the City’s Fire and Police Chiefs on their ability to bring in such seasoned recruits to serve and protect Annapolis residents.

A total of six public safety officers were sworn in at Monday’s City Council meeting, including four new firefighters—all Advanced Life Support (ALS) providers—and two police officers.

“It was an honor meeting these men and women who are putting their lives on the line to serve our community,” Mayor Cohen said. “I thank each of them for making the commitment to come here.  They deserve our respect and gratitude for serving and protecting the citizens of Annapolis.”

Firefighter Jim Goetz comes to Annapolis with 20 years of service with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department and 10 years in the Fort Meade Fire Department. He is a National Registered Paramedic as well as a Maryland Paramedic.

Firefighter Lori Luke has served both the Anne Arundel County Fire Department and the Annapolis Fire Department during her four years of service. She is a Registered Nurse and a National Registered Paramedic.

Firefighter Corey Parrott has six years service with the Marion County Fire and Rescue in Florida and one year with the District of Columbia Fire Department. Corey is a National Registered Paramedic.

Firefighter Julia Watson has served the past year with the Loudoun County Fire Department in Virginia and is a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Intermediate.

Police Officer Dannette Smikle was recruited from the D.C. Metro Area Transit Authority where she spent four years as a police officer.  Prior to that, she was a police officer in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, for two years. 

Police Officer Gustavo Martinez comes to Annapolis from the Baltimore Police Department where he served for 1 1/2 years.  Officer Martinez worked for a private security firm for 12 years prior to working with the BPD.  

The Annapolis Fire Department has a total of 122 uniform personnel on staff and the Annapolis Police Department has 112.