From Harford County Councilman Mike Perrone Jr.:
Back in May of last year, I was in attendance at the dedication ceremony for the memorial to fallen deputies that was installed at the Detention Center. I can remember thinking to myself as I was sitting there: how wonderful it would be to come back here ten, twenty…forty years from now, and find the memorial looking exactly the same – never again to be touched by the hand of an engraver. Yet here we are, only nine months later.
During the ceremony, I found myself sitting and staring at the names:
DEP FRANK BATEMAN
DFC WILLIAM H. BEEBE, JR.
DFC TERESA L. TESTERMAN
CPL CHARLES B. LICATO
SGT IAN A. LOUGHRAN
Four of the five were within recent memory and while I remember reading about them, I still wondered: Who were they? What did they enjoy about life? How many lives did they touch? And who did they leave behind? But as much as I tried to give life to these five names, to me, they were still just names.
As much as we try to empathize with people when tragedy strikes in faraway places, there’s something that touches us a little more deeply when tragedy strikes closer to home. I didn’t know Senior Deputies Dailey or Logsdon personally. I had met Pat on a couple of occasions, and I knew who he was when I saw him around Joppatowne. I think about how much more tangible a tragedy feels when you have a memory to put with a name, but then I think about just how much more devastating and horrific it must be when those memories were of your father, your husband, your son, your brother, your brother in public service, or your friend.
I can’t fathom the pain. And so I ask our Heavenly Father to keep the Dailey and Logsdon families in His ever loving care, and I pray also that He keep watch over every man and every woman who put on a uniform and a badge, and who live by a code of honor and civility…in a world that does not.