From Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane:
To the Citizens of Harford County,
Each year, during the first two weeks in May, we honor Correctional and Law Enforcement officers. As National Police Week 2013 comes to a close, I wanted to share my deep gratitude to the 421 sworn law enforcement and correctional deputies of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
For more than 50 years, the nation has recognized May 15th as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. While each year, and each ceremony, is difficult to attend, the heaviness of this year was unmatched. I remember no other time, when a Sheriff or Chief honored three fallen heroes in one year. The memories of Sgt. Ian Loughran, Cpl. Charlie Licato, and DFC Teresa Testerman were burning brightly these past few weeks. All three were honored at Maryland Fallen Heroes Day, Cpl. Licato’s name was added to the Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, and both Cpl. Licato and DFC Testerman were honored at the Memorial Service. Now, it is our job to keep their memory alive, as well as the memory of all those who gave their lives in years past.
I am immensely proud of the men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. We have struggled to overcome adversity together. We have leaned on each other in times of hardship and celebrated together in times of happiness. Their unyielding dedication to this agency and each other overwhelms me. During these weeks they have traveled to numerous memorials, bicycled countless miles in the Police Unity Tour, attended banquets and events, carried the grief of our office, and celebrated the lives of those lost.
I am honored to be your Sheriff and to lead these extraordinary individuals. In return, I ask one favor; as you go about your day to day life, remember those that risk it all to protect others. For we are more than two weeks in May – we are 365 days a year; we are 24 hours a day. We are the men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff L. Jesse Bane