It’s all part of National Police Week.
Pikesville, Md (KM) A ceremony honoring the 43 Maryland State Troopers who died in the line of duty, including two who died while defending their country during World War II, took place Wednesday morning. Governor Larry Hogan spoke during the ceremony, calling these men and women heroes. “We call them heroes because when others would back down in fear they stood bravely on the front lines,” he said.
This ceremony, which was held at Maryland State Police Headquarters in Pikesville, is part of National Police Week which is May 9th through the 15th. It gives special recognition to the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Also on hand for the ceremony were the family members of the fallen state troopers. Hogan hoped they could find solace in Wednesday’s ceremony. “Knowing that being here today and continuing to show your support for our proud law enforcement and Maryland State Police, will help to ensure that the legacy of your loved will forever live on,” he said.
This day and age is a difficult time for law enforcement. But Hogan said he’s a strong supporter of the Maryland State Police. . “But to the state troopers here today, I want each and everyone of you to know that you will always have my full support as your governor; you should know that I will have you back, and will continue to proudly stand with each and every one of you,” he said.
The Maryland State Police is marking its 100th anniversary this year.
Also remembered at Wednesday’s ceremony was Deputy State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen. He was struck and killed by a motor vehicle along Interstate 270 in December, 2017. He had stopped to assist following a vehicle crash which involved an FBI agent.
By Kevin McManus