First responders remember ‘Fallen Heroes’ at service
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