Narrows rally shows local support for police
KENT NARROWS — Amidst the first snowfall of the year, members of the Hogs and Heroes Foundation, along with supporters of Concerns of Police Survivors, county residents, Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann and deputies assembled on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 7, beneath the bridge at the Kent Narrows to show their support for Deputy Scott Hogan, who was injured recently in the line of duty.
Despite the blustery weather, which had until immediately prior to the rally been producing heavy snowfall and bitter wind, the feelings of those gathered were warm.
“Your deputies can rest easy knowing their community supports them,” National President Andrew “Devildoc” Mutchler of the Hogs and Heroes Foundation told Hofmann.
Though the climate towards police is often unfriendly, “there are a great number of your citizens that do support our law enforcement officers,” said Mutchler, a Sudlersville resident,
Mutchler was joined by Hogs and Heroes members from western Maryland and Pennsylvania who, despite the weather, said they were proud to show their support for Queen Anne’s County officers.
Lee Scribner of College Park, the vice president of the organization, said now more than ever it is important to speak out.
“Citizens and people like ours need to protect our protectors ... especially in light of the hate crimes targeting these (men and women),” Scribner said.
Following the pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence for Cpl. Jamel Clagett, a deputy from Charles County who was killed in a motor vehicle accident while on duty two years ago — Clagett’s family was also in attendance at Saturday’s event — Hofmann addressed the group.
“We are overwhelmed with emotion for everyone being here,” he said.
Julia Hogan, Deputy Hogan’s wife, had wanted to attend, but her husband had been having some difficulties the past few days. She asked that Hofmann convey their most sincere thanks.
Deputy Hogan shared this post earlier on Saturday: “I still have a long road ahead of me. I would like to take a moment to express how overwhelmed and happy it makes me to think about the outpouring of public support. I have received countless well wishes, cards, texts, visits and calls just supporting my family and I. Each one has inspired me that much more to travel down this road to recovery. All of the donations and fundraisers that have been arranged not only by my law enforcement friends and family, but also by complete strangers has left me speechless,” said Hogan. “All of your love and support mean the world to me and I wanted to just take a moment while I’m lying in my hospital bed to acknowledge and thank everyone even though at this point, I doubt I would be able to so thoroughly enough. Thank you all and be kind to one another!”
Hofmann said he is hopeful Hogan will be released to home sometime next week. He is expected to face several surgeries in the future.
The Hogs and Heroes Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that supports military, public safety, wounded warriors and emergency medical workers throughout the United States. Its mission is to support those causes by hosting rallies, fundraising opportunities and motorcycle rides in honor of those who serve in public service.
A fundraising event also was held Friday evening in Ocean City, said Sean Kille, the law enforcement liaison for the Maryland chapter of C.O.P.S. who was also in attendance at Saturday’s rally.
Mutchler said he anticipates hosting another event in Queen Anne’s County later this year.
For more information about the organization, visit www.hogsheroesfoundation.com.
“Helping America’s Heroes” was the message behind a rally held under the Kent Narrows bridge on Saturday.