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