A veteran Harford County Sheriff’s Office sergeant died overnight, apparently of medical causes but in the line of duty, police said.
Sgt. Ian Loughran, 43, of Pylesville died at his home sometime after midnight Thursday, the agency said in a release.
According to an examination performed by the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Loughran “unknowingly began to suffer the symptoms of a heart attack” during the funeral services Wednesday afternoon for Cpl. Charles Licato, a Sheriff’s Office deputy who died in a single-car crash in Darlington Sept. 6.
Under state law, an officer is eligible for “line of duty” honors and benefits if they die of a heart attack or stroke less than 24 hours after “the individual, while on duty…engaged in a situation that involved nonroutine stressful or strenuous physical law enforcement.”
Loughran was a 16-year veteran of the force who worked in the Northern Precinct in the Patrol Division, and was also an instructor for the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Vehicle Operator Course, or EVOC, training held at the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Facility in Sykesville.
He is survived by a wife and one child, the agency said. Funeral arrangements have not been determined.
“Yesterday I spoke of a new star in the heavens when speaking of Charles Licato, today it seems a second star now joins him,” Sheriff Jesse Bane said in a statement.
In May, Loughran spoke about emergency driving tactics to members of the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy, displaying photos of the training courses and sharing good-humored anecdotes of his time teaching new officers extreme driving techniques.
“It is horrible teaching driving,” Loughran joked. “I don’t know if any of you have taught your kids to drive; imagine doing that at 100 miles an hour.”