PRINCESS ANNE — Princess Anne Police Officer Adam Parks was honored not only for his service to the community but for saving a man’s life and managing the scene where gunfire had occurred.
It was on Jan. 6 when Officer Parks was dispatched to Talons Square North for what was reported to be a cardiac arrest. When he arrived he saw a man on the ground in the parking lot bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound to his left leg.
The officer applied pressure to the wound, and managed to take charge of the scene to order people away as at that time it was unknown if there was an active shooter still in the area.
An officer from UMES arrived and took over applying pressure to the victim’s leg so Officer Parks could check for other injuries and begin to investigate as EMS was enroute. A loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun was found in the victim’s pants, and Officer Parks removed the weapon, rendered it safe, and secured it in his vehicle.
Shortly after the arrival of EMS it was learned a second gunshot victim, a juvenile, was injured and a second ambulance was called. The juvenile identified the man as the shooter.
For his actions, Police Chief Robert Wink presented Officer Parks with the Life Saving Award during the April town meeting.
The victim “was losing a significant amount of blood,” the chief said. “It was later learned that had (Officer Parks) not applied direct pressure on that gentleman’s leg he would have expired in the parking lot. It was a direct hit to the femoral artery, so his immediate action saved his life.”
The recovered handgun will be a key piece of evidence, and the shooter is scheduled for trial on June 21 in Circuit Court. “Officer Parks is an asset to this department and the Town of Princess Anne,” the chief noted, for acting professionally and “without hesitation” during this event.
Officer Parks, who works night shift from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Lt. Rob Smith’s shift, was Officer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2021. Chief Wink in presenting that award said Parks responded to 302 calls for service with 33 requiring written reports.
Among the 98 traffic stop 124 traffic citations were issued plus illegal narcotics were seized.
“Officer Parks, in his dedication to drug suppression, has identified multiple known narcotic dealers in Princess Anne and its surrounding areas, which has assisted the Somerset County Task Force in making strong drug cases,” reported Chief Wink. “It is because of his hard work and surveillance that Officer Parks conducted that has led to the apprehension of the narcotic dealers.
“These apprehensions have led to the confiscation of various types and amounts of narcotics, guns, as well as vehicles that were suspected of being purchased with the proceeds of drug sales.” One case “may go federal,” the chief said.
When it comes to neighborhood patrol, the chief said, Officer Parks will be out in the street playing ball with kids. “He’s one to get out of the car and talk to people, and press the flesh, which is what I try to promote.” “[He] sets high standards and is always pushing himself to the next level.
“His dedication to the job and his standard of work is observed each and every day. Officer Parks is always prepared to work and never complains of requested tasks.”