First re­spon­ders re­mem­ber ‘Fallen He­roes’ at ser­vice

Record Observer - - Front Page - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­

CEN­TRE­VILLE — More than 200 peo­ple filled the chapel at Cen­tre­ville United Methodist Church Mon­day evening, Feb. 13, to honor those lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cers and other first re­spon­ders who in years past died in the line of duty. The cer­e­mony has been held in Queen Anne’s County for more than a decade.

Pic­tures of nine fallen he­roes were posted in the front of the chapel with names en­scribed: Of­fi­cer Michael Nick­er­son, Cen­tre­ville Po­lice Depart­ment; War­den Charles rider, Mary­land Depart­ment of Game & Fish; Tfc. Thomas Noyle, Mary­land State Po­lice;

Deputy Jason Sch­wenz, Queen Anne’s Sher­iff Of­fice; As­sis­tant Fire Chief “Dougie” Thomas, Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment; Sgt. Wal­lace Mow­bray, Mary­land State Po­lice; Tfc. Philip Russ, Mary­land State Po­lice; Fire Chief “Buck” Clough, Sudlersville Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany; and Fire Chief David Brink­ley, United Com­mu­ni­ties Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. Thank­fully, the names have re­mained the same for many years with no new list­ings.

Dur­ing the pro­gram, it was men­tioned that there were “close calls in 2016,” the lat­est when Dfc. Scott Ho­gan was shot and se­ri­ously wounded in De­cem­ber while on duty. Ho­gan has been re­cu­per­at­ing and re­turned home sev­eral weeks ago. He was in at­ten­dance at the memo­rial ser­vice.

The pro­gram opened with re­marks and prayer from Cen­tre­ville UMC Youth Pas­tor Rudy Draper, who is also a Cen­tre­ville Po­lice of­fi­cer.

Draper com­mented, “Those of us here know about sac­ri­fice, all too well.” He in­tro­duced the other 12 speak­ers in the for­mal pro­gram. They in­cluded Har­ford County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Lt. Marc Junker­man, MSP East­ern Shore Com­man­der Ma­jor Ron Lewis, FOP Pres­i­dent De­tec­tive Chase Ar­ring­ton, Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann, Queen Anne’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter War­den La­monte Cooke, Cen­tre­ville Po­lice Chief Charles Rhodes, MSP 1st Sgt. Brian Gill, Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­likce Sgt. Matt Corbin, Queen­stown VFD’s Michelle Lewis, Queen Anne’s County Emer­gency Ser­vices’ Jason Stubbs, Sgt. Roy Rafter and Deputy State’s At­tor­ney Christine Dulla-Rickard.

Pro­vid­ing a solemn touch, lo­cal mu­si­cian Randy Welch of Eas­ton per­formed “Amaz­ing Grace” on his bag­pipes.

Among the many re­marks and scrip­ture read­ings, Junker­man said, “Pub­lic ser­vice per­son­nel have the priv­i­lege to serve our com­mu­ni­ties. We all need to un­der­stand what it takes to do this job of pub­lic ser­vice. I rec­om­mend each of you do th­ese four things ev­ery day be­fore you go on the job: 1. Recom­mit your­self to the job. 2. Take own­er­ship for your­self and the job you do. 3. Sit with the peo­ple you care about, let­ting them know you love them, and 4. Ac­count for our peers. Be re­spon­si­ble for each other.”

Hof­mann read a scrip­ture from the Book of Psalms dur­ing the ser­vice.

This past Satur­day evening, Feb. 11, Hof­mann spoke briefly dur­ing the KIVFD ban­quet, thank­ing all emer­gency per­son­nel who were there for the ser­vice they pro­vide and their con­tin­u­ing sup­port for Dfc. Scott Ho­gan in his re­cov­ery. That was very much the theme of the memo­rial ser­vice Mon­day evening, thanks to those who serve, and sup­port for those fam­i­lies who have lost fam­ily mem­bers in the line of duty.

Fol­low­ing the ser­vice, re­fresh­ments were pro­vided in the so­cial hall at the church.


Pre­sen­ta­tion of Col­ors was made by three dif­fer­ent groups, Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity Po­lice Honor Guard (shown here), Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice Honor Guard, and Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices Honor Guard, to be­gin the an­nual Fallen He­roes Memo­rial Ser­vice at Cen­tre­ville United Methodist Church, Mon­day evening, Feb. 13.


Randy Welch plays “Amaz­ing Grace” dur­ing the Fallen He­roes Memo­rial Ser­vice, Mon­day evening, Feb. 13, at Cen­tre­ville United Methodist Church.

Queen Anne’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter War­den La­monte Cooke

Queen Anne’s Deputy State’s At­tor­ney Christine Dulla-Rickard

De­tec­tive Chase Ar­ring­ton, pres­i­dent of the lo­cal Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice

Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann

Mary­land State Po­lice East­ern Shore Com­man­der Ma­jor Ron

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