Officer of the Month

April 2018

Corporal Marybeth Cole

Corporal Marybeth Cole has been selected as the Martinsburg Police Department’s Officer of the Month for April 2018.  This is the second Officer of the Month award for Corporal Cole who was previously recognized in October 2017.

Corporal Cole, a 9 veteran with MPD, is recognized for her quick response and outstanding leadership during a recent life-threatening emergency situation that occurred last month.  On the evening of March 17th, officers were dispatched to a call of a “4-year-old child shot” inside a residence.  Corporal Cole and Patrolmen Joel Larson, Tom Greenfield, Jose Boursiquot, and Mike Jones responded to the scene and learned from a family member that a 5-year-old child had picked up a handgun and accidentally shot the 4-year old girl in the chest.

Officers quickly located the unresponsive 4-year-old victim and began to render first aid.  Corporal Cole took immediate command and control of the chaotic scene, directing the response, issuing instructions, and gathering vital information from family members inside the house. Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Tyler Dopson arrived on the scene and assisted in providing two chest seals, which were applied by officers.  Aid was then rendered to stabilize the child until medics arrived.   

Lieutenant Mike Usack, Marybeth’s Shift Commander, was not surprised by her professional response to a tough situation.  “Corporal Cole is one of our more experienced officers,” said Lieutenant Usack.  “She is excellent in challenging situations and is calm under pressure.  She takes the time to slow a situation down, consults with her fellow officers, and makes good decisions.  Marybeth doesn’t hesitate to act quickly in an emergency,” Usack added.

“Corporal Cole is calm under pressure…She makes good decisions and doesn’t hesitate to act quickly in an emergency.”

                                                                                    Lieutenant Mike Usack    

The child was then taken to Berkeley Medical Center and transferred to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for further treatment.  Medical personnel at INOVA Fairfax hospital later determined that had it not been for the quick and decisive police action, it would have been likely that the child would have not survived.  The 4-year-old girl is expected to make a full recovery. 

Reflecting upon the incident, Corporal Cole stated, “It’s certainly not a call you expect to take.  We knew upon arrival that our priority was to preserve the child’s life through immediate medical attention.   It was a great team effort.  We were able to calmly and collectively perform what needed to be done.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the child and family.”

“It’s certainly not a call you expect to take…our priority was to preserve the child’s life.  It was a great team effort…My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the child and family.” 

                                                                                  Corporal Marybeth Cole

Through her exceptional skill, dedication, and effectiveness in representing the Martinsburg Police Department, serving our community, and calmly directing an emergency response that resulted in saving the life of a 4-year-old gunshot victim, Corporal Marybeth Cole has demonstrated a level of excellence far above normal requirements and expectations, she is awarded Officer of the Month for April 2018.  Congratulations Marybeth!

Officer of the Month Award

MPD is recognizing on a monthly basis, both sworn and non-sworn Department members who distinguish themselves by exemplary work and actions beyond the requirements of normal assignments and which represent the highest standards of policing and community service in the Martinsburg Police Department.

The Officer of the Month Award will be granted to a Department member or members whose performance of duty during a specific month was characterized by such exceptional professional skill that it merits recognition by the entire Department.

Criteria to be considered includes outstanding work that: Is varied and challenging; greatly affects people from all walks of life; improves community conditions and quality of life; furthers the ideals and values of the Martinsburg Police Department; achieves significant impact on public safety or crime reduction; resolves problems; brings credit to the Department; demonstrates leadership, initiative, and exceptional professionalism; improves police service to the public; or in other ways advance the goals of MPD.


Corporal Marybeth Cole