Michael Morris won the "Everyday Hero" award for the public employee division. Five other awards were handed out in categories including teaching and health care.
Morris and the other five winners will be honored at an AFT convention in Detroit this July.
Morris works at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson and serves as vice president of the Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees. He is also a sergeant in the Maryland National Guard and a volunteer fire fighter and medic with the Rosedale and English Counsul volunteer fire companies. Morris has also spent three tours of duty in Iraq.
Morris’ union nominated him for the award. The AFT selected 27 semifinalists across the six categories, then recieved nearly 15,000 online votes to select the winners.
"Michael Morris is the very definition of an everyday hero," County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said in a statement. "Extraordinary people like him enrich our entire community not simply through their deeds, which have a huge impact, but through their example."