The annual Fallen Heroes Day is scheduled for May 1 at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium. Here is some background and a list of law enforcement officials to be honored, sent by the spokesperson for Dulaney Valley:
ANNUAL FALLEN HEROES DAY TO HONOR 8 WHO DIED IN LINE OF DUTY
Matt Stover, Baltimore Ravens, to Deliver Keynote Address
Maryland’s police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty during the past year will be honored at the 24th Annual Fallen Heroes Day Ceremony on Friday, May 1, 2009, 1:00 p.m. at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Fallen Heroes Day is the only statewide ceremony in the nation that brings together all segments of the public safety community. The ceremony salutes police and correctional officers, firefighters, emergency medical and rescue personnel who risk their lives everyday to protect the citizens of Maryland.
Fallen Heroes Day 2009 will honor the following: Sgt. Richard Findley, Prince George’s County Police Dept. (June 27, 2008); Lt. Michael P. Howe, Baltimore County Police Dept. (August 11, 2008); Pilot Stephen Bunker, Maryland State Police (September 28, 2008); TFC Mickey C. Lippy, Maryland State Police (September 28, 2008); EMT Tonya Mallard, Waldorf Volunteer Fire Dept. (September 28, 2008); PMFF Brian D. Neville, Baltimore County Fire Dept. (October 16, 2008); Officer Richard Bremer, Frederick City Police Dept. (October 23, 2008) and FADO Thomas E. Rice, Baltimore County Fire Dept. (January 21, 2009).
The ceremony will begin with a procession of more than 25 honor guard units from across the state, police motorcycles and mounted units, bagpipers and drummers. Memorial addresses will be given by elected leaders including, Governor Martin O’Malley, Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith and Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson. Matt Stover of the Baltimore Ravens will be the special guest speaker and Mary Beth Marsden of ABC 2NEWS will serve as the emcee.
“The 2009 Fallen Heroes Day ceremony truly captures the essence of this occasion, as we honor a Maryland State Police pilot, and an emergency medical technician along with three police officers and three firefighters,” said John O. Mitchell, III Chairman of Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. “It is an opportunity for the public to show its appreciation and respect for all men and women of the public safety community. When the community suffers the loss of one of these dedicated public servants we are reminded of the incredible risk that they face each day when they report to work.”
In 1976, 330 burial spaces at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens were set aside for fallen heroes and their spouses by John Armiger, Sr. founder of the cemetery. In 1986 John Armiger, Jr. established the tradition of honoring those who have given their lives for the community in the only statewide ceremony for fallen heroes. In June 2007, Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens was purchased by John O. Mitchell III of the family-owned Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home in Rogers Forge/Towson, MD. The Mitchell family is proud to continue the tradition of Fallen Heroes Day. Fifty-nine members of the public safety community are buried at the Fallen Heroes Memorial.
Keeping with tradition, Governor Martin O’Malley has issued a proclamation declaring May 1, 2009 Fallen Heroes Day in Maryland and has ordered flags flown at half-staff at the State House and all state facilities. During the service, a replica of the Fallen Heroes Memorial and a resolution from the Maryland General Assembly will be presented to the families of the fallen heroes being honored this year.
The Fallen Heroes Memorial is located within Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 East Padonia Road, Timonium, MD 21093.
Here are details on some being remembered:
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