The Greater Baltimore Committee honored Baltimore City Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld with the Howard “Pete” Rawlings Courage in Public Service Award at the GBC’s 2010 Annual Meeting on May 18.
The award is given on an occasional basis to public officials who demonstrate exceptional courage while serving in an elected or appointed public office.
“Bealefeld is being honored for demonstrating ‘courage under fire’ in the most difficult of situations,” said Donald C. Fry, GBC president and CEO. “He’s an individual who speaks up when he feels things are wrong in our city – an individual who exemplifies dedication and commitment to our city – and an individual who despite what at times may seem like a thankless job – comes to work each and every day more determined to make our city safer for its citizens and those who visit it.”
“Bealefeld expects results, demands accountability, and doesn’t accept excuses,” said Fry. “What is most enjoyable is that he is not afraid to say what is on his mind often reflecting the thoughts of so many who don’t have the same courage to lay it on the line.”
In 2004, the GBC created the Howard “Pete” Rawlings Courage in Public Service Award to honor Pete Rawlings, Maryland House of Delegates’ long-time chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee who passed away that year. Pete was widely known and highly respected for his extraordinary integrity and courage no matter which way the winds of politics were blowing.
In addition to Pete Rawlings, whom the GBC honored posthumously when the award was created, only two others — Senator Paul S. Sarbanes, honored in 2006, and Dr. Andres Alonso, honored last year — has received this award.