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An Aberdeen police officer has received an award from the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Inc. for his heroic actions in responding to a fight at the Clarion Hotel in January.

On Saturday, Jan. 16, Officer First Class Timothy Helf, 32, was advised of a fight in progress in the parking lot of the Diamond Club at 980 Hospitality Way, which is inside the Clarion Hotel in Aberdeen.

Helf arrived in the parking lot and quickly determined several people had been stabbed during an altercation.

Upon arriving in the parking lot, Helf was able to disarm and restrain Kibwa Cazembe Evans, 31, of Baltimore, who was armed with a knife.

After restraining the suspect, Helf helped the injured and found off-duty Aberdeen police officer Todd Duncan, who was suffering from several serious stab wounds to his legs.

Duncan was working his second job as a security guard at the Clarion Hotel.

Helf controlled the serious bleeding from Duncan’s stab wounds and was later credited with saving Duncan’s life.

Helf remained with Duncan while he was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Evans, who has ties to Edgewood, was later charged with five counts of attempted second-degree murder, five counts of first-degree assault, four counts of second-degree assault, second-degree assault against a law enforcement officer and dangerous weapon with intent to injure.

Six people, including Evans and Duncan, were sent to the hospital with injuries.

Helf has been with the Aberdeen Police Department for eight years.


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