Forton, a Havre de Grace resident, received the award during the annual convention of Maryland sheriffs in Ocean City, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
One of 10 awards given out at the convention, Forton's recognition was for community service in a large agency. Other awards focused on traffic safety, crime prevention, correctional contributions, agency enhancement and valor.
Forton is assigned as a K-9 officer at the Harford County Detention Center, according to a statement from the Harford County Sheriff's Office, which stated he has been on the force for seven years.
“His commitment to serve the public and the community in which he lives and works is both commendable and honorable,” said Capt. Timothy Keggins, who nominated Forton for the award. “His dedication to the community shows his character as a corrections officer and an individual.”
Forton's charitable acts included the following, according to the sheriff's office:
- Painted a 100-by-40-foot mural near Warren Street in Havre de Grace in collaboration with city, fire and Amtrak officials
- Raised more than $12,000 for the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees through sales of his artwork, including pieces signed by NFL members
- Helped Bel Air High School students paint a mural honoring fallen sheriff’s deputies
This article has been updated.