An Aberdeen Police Department detective lost his battle with cancer Thursday, becoming the fourth Harford County officer to die in the last two weeks.
Sources confirmed Thursday evening that Det. Mark Franklin died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
According to a statement from FOP Lodge 128 released in June following a fundraiser for Franklin, he was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year.
Franklin served as an investigator with the agency’s crime scene investigation unit.
Jason Neidig, president of Harford County Municipal Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 128 and an officer with the Aberdeen Police Department, released the following statement:
“I am deeply sad hearing about the loss of Officer & Brother Mark Franklin. He was a top notch crime scene technician. He was admired by crime scene techs all over the state. This has been a terrible month for law enforcement however nothing will break our thin blue line, nothing. We are a family like no other.”
Franklin’s death came as his department was reeling from the Sept. 8 off-duty death of Ofc. Charles Armetta, the agency’s K-9 officer. Armetta died after falling nearly 50 feet from an elevated portion of I-95 in Baltimore City.
Two Harford County deputies have also died in the line of duty this month. Cpl. Charles Licato died in the early morning hours of Sept. 6 in a single car crash in Darlington on his way to his home in Cecil County. Licato’s father, Donald, recently retired as a detective with the Aberdeen Police Department.
Harford County Sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Ian Loughran died after midnight on Sept. 13 of a heart attack at his home, symptoms of which began during Licato’s funeral the previous day.
Two retired Sheriff’s Office deputies have also passed away this month. Former Harford County Sheriff and Maryland State Police Major Ted Moyer died Monday evening after what both agencies called “a long illness.” Also, Ronald C. Petty, 62, of Havre de Grace died Sept. 9 after battling multiple myeloma. He served seven years with the Sheriff’s Office and also had a 30-year career with the Maryland State Police.
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