Doc’s raises $17,000 for injured deputy
CENTREVILLE — From rallies to flags hoisted up firetruck ladders hanging over Queen Anne’s County overpasses, the community showed its support to Dfc. W. Scott
Hogan as he recovered from a gunshot wound sustained serving in the line of duty in late December.
A GoFundMe page was created by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 108 raised more than $40,000 for him and his family. Even Jerry Jones, owner, president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys football team sent Hogan well wishes as he recovered in a Baltimore hospital.
In Hogan’s hometown of Centreville, the owner of Doc’s Riverside Grille felt the need to do something, too, and hosted a benefit in his honor on Jan. 16 that included a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Doc’s Riverside Grille also donated directly to the Hogan family 10 percent of sales from 4 to 9 p.m.
On Monday, Jan. 30, two weeks after the event, Bo Oristian, restaurant owner, and Susan Arimger, who organized the silent auction, presented Hogan and his wife Julia with a $17,000 check from proceeds of the fundraiser.
Oristian said supporting law enforcement is important because when “you need them, they’re there for you” and that “they put their lives on the line” to keep the community safe. The night of the event, he said, cars were parked miles away because that many people came out to support the injured deputy.
T-shirts were made up, 200 to be exact, that read “Blue Lives Matter,” which Oristian said sold out. He said 100 were sold the Friday before the event.
Speaking about the Queen Anne’s County community, Sheriff Gary Hofmann said, “When anyone is in need, civilian or law enforcement, they step up to help.” He added he appreciated that.
Hogan, accompanied by his wife, said the community support was amazing, “especially with all of the negativity” surrounding law enforcement in recent years. He said the silent majority does support the police even if the other side is yelling louder.
Traveling all the way from Baltimore City, Jennie and Brendon Reed, who is a city police officer, gave Julia Hogan a basket filled with “feminine” items. Jennie Reed said she wanted to present the basket to Julia Hogan to show support from one police wife to another.
From left: Julia Hogan, Scott Hogan, Bo Oristian, Susan Armiger and Sheriff Gary Hofmann.
Jennie and Brendon Reed of Baltimore City present Julia Hogan, wife of injured deputy Scott Hogan, a gift basket at Doc’s Riverside Grille on Monday, Jan. 30.