Dfc. Scott Ho­gan wel­comed home

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS & AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@ki­baty­imes.com

CENTREVILLE — More than two weeks af­ter be­ing shot on the job, Dfc. W. Scott Ho­gan of the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice ar­rived home to a hero’s wel­come Mon­day, Jan. 16.

Po­lice and other emer­gency ser­vices pro­vided an es­cort as Ho­gan left the Univer­sity of Mary­land shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more bound for Centreville. Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers saluted from the road­side; fire de­part­ments set up dis­plays; and peo­ple waved as the mo­tor­cade passed.

United Com­mu­ni­ties and Kent Is­land vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments staged lad­der trucks on the Route 8 over­pass in Stevensville, dis­play­ing Amer­i­can flags, and a large con­tin­gent of vol­un­teers turned out to wave and cheer. Grasonville VFD did the same from an over­pass in Grasonville. Queen­stown VFD mem­bers waved from the road­side.

At Ho­gan’s res­i­dence, the Good­will and Church Hill vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies raised a gi­ant Amer­i­can flag high above his drive­way, and neigh­bors waved as he went by. A crowd gath­ereed in his front yard, cheer­ing and clap­ping as he ar­rived. Ho­gan shook the hands of the vol­un­teer fire com­pany mem­bers who or­ches­trated the home­com­ing cel­e­bra­tion. He and his wife Ju­lia took time for a photo with those gath­ered.

“The Of­fice of the Sher­iff thanks every­one for the over­whelm­ing sup­port for Scott and his fam­ily dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time. We all are so in awe of Scott’s progress and ec­static he’s now home,” said Lt. Dale Patrick, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fice for the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, on be­half of the de­part­ment.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers could be heard say­ing how nice it was to have Ho­gan home. His hero­ics that De­cem­ber night saved a woman’s life, one neigh­bor said.

Ho­gan, 32, was shot shortly af­ter mid­night Thurs­day morn­ing, Dec. 29, dur­ing a do­mes­tic es­cort at the home of James L. Rich II at 209 Ed­more Road in Ch­ester Har­bor, in Queen Anne’s County just over the Ch­ester River from Chestertown.

Ho­gan had pro­vided a woman es­cort to gather her be­long­ings. She and Rich started to ar­gue, and Rich went into a room in the back of the home, where he got a shot­gun, po­lice said. When he came out of the room, he fired one round and then con­tin­ued to walk to­ward the deputy.

The two ex­changed gun­fire in close prox­im­ity to one an­other, and both were hit by the other’s gun­fire. Ho­gan was us­ing a Smith and Wes­son .45-cal­iber pis­tol is­sued to him by the sher­iff’s of­fice.

Ho­gan was wear­ing body ar­mor, but the shot­gun blast hit be­low the level of body ar­mor pro­tec­tion and he was crit­i­cally in­jured. Rich was killed.

Ho­gan un­der­went sev­eral pro­ce­dures at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­teer in Bal­ti­more. Doc­tors there say he still has a long road to re­cov­ery, with more pro­ce­dures to come.

The com­mu­nity has ral­lied to his sup­port. On Jan. 7, the Hogs and Heroes Foun­da­tion hon­ored Ho­gan and the sher­iff’s of­fice with a rally un­der the Kent Nar­rows Bridge in Ch­ester; a Go­FundMe page cre­ated by the Queen Anne’s County Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 108 raised more than $40,000 of a $50,000 goal; La Pi­azza in Grasonville held an all day fundraiser, do­nat­ing a por­tion of sales; and Doc’s River­side Grille in Centreville held a fundraisier Mon­day, Jan. 16, where 10 per­cent of the evening’s pro­ceeds were do­nated to his fam­ily and a silent auc­tion was held.

Ho­gan and his wife have con­tin­u­ally thanked the com­mu­nity for its out­pour­ing of sup­port.

On Jan. 14, Ho­gan posted on his Face­book page, say­ing, “I was fi­nally able to shave yes­ter­day for the first time since I was shot and it was odd how happy some­thing so sim­ple made me. I con­tinue to re­ceive cards, well wishes and gifts from fam­ily, friends, and com­plete strangers. I’ve been a Po­lice Of­fi­cer for more than ten years at this point, and in my pro­fes­sion I con­sis­tently see the worst that so­ci­ety has to of­fer and some­times lose sight of the fact that peo­ple call us when things are at their worst. Af­ter all of the heart­felt letters, vis­its and gen­eros­ity I’ve re­ceived dur­ing this very try­ing time I have been re­minded that there is more good in this world than evil. You have all had an im­pact on me that I can­not de­scribe in words but i want you all to know that I ap­pre­ci­ate EV­ERY­THING you’ve done for my fam­ily and I, Ev­ery well wish, ev­ery kind word and ev­ery prayer said on our be­half.”

Ho­gan orig­i­nally thought he might be re­leased last Wed­nes­day, Jan. 11, but he had a few set­backs. While he waited to heal a lit­tle more, he re­ceived a pack­age that lifted his spir­its.

On Jan. 11, Ho­gan posted a pic­ture of him­self from his hos­pi­tal room dis­play­ing a let­ter he re­ceived from Jerry Jones, Dal­las Cow­boys’ owner and gen­eral man­ager, and as­sorted team team para­pher­na­lia, in­clud­ing a hat and shirt.

The let­ter from Jones read, “On be­half of all of us here at the Dal­las Cow­boys or­ga­ni­za­tion, we want you to know we are think­ing of you, pray­ing hard for you, and root­ing for you. We were so sorry to learn of what you’re go­ing through, but we hope you’ll take com­fort in know­ing you have friends here in Dal­las who be­lieve in you and who are cheer­ing you on.”

On Fri­day, FOP Lodge 108 said nu­mer­ous per­sons lo­cally have re­ceived calls from a group called Na­tional Po­lice and Troop­ers As­so­ci­a­tion so­lic­it­ing do­na­tions for fam­i­lies of fallen of­fi­cers. The orga- niza­tion is not af­fil­i­ated with any fundrais­ing on be­half of Ho­gan.

An in­ter­net search shows that an or­ga­ni­za­tion by that name is a sub-or­ga­ni­za­tion known as I.U.P.A. or In­ter­na­tional Union of Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tions lo­cated in Sara­sota, Fla., and con­sid­ered to be a trade union and mem­ber of the AFLCIO, so do­na­tions to the group are not tax-de­ductible, Patrick said. On sev­eral web­sites the Na­tional Po­lice & Troop­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and I.U.P.A. are listed among the worst char­i­ties in Amer­ica.

Peo­ple who do want to send a card or make a do­na­tion for the Ho­gan fam­ily can do so by mail­ing the Queen Anne’s County F.O.P. Lodge 108, P.O. Box 695, Centreville, MD 21617 or go to the Go­FundMe page at https:// www.go­fundme.com/dfc-hogans-med­i­cal-ex­penses.

Re­porter Han­nah Combs also con­trib­uted to this re­port.

PHOTO BY DALE PATRICK

Dfc. Scott Ho­gan re­ceives a po­lice es­cort on his way home from the hos­pi­tal Mon­day, Jan. 16.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Dfc. W. Scott Ho­gan shakes hands with Good­will and Church Hill Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany mem­bers at his Centreville home on Mon­day, Jan. 16.

PHOTO BY DALE PATRICK

Ac­comap­nied by other mem­bers of the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Dfc. Scott Ho­gan, left, leaves the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more Mon­day morn­ing, Jan. 16. Ma­jor Dwayne Board­man, right, car­ries a bag for him.

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