Nar­rows rally shows lo­cal sup­port for po­lice

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

“Help­ing Amer­ica’s He­roes” was the mes­sage be­hind a rally held un­der the Kent Nar­rows bridge on Satur­day.

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