From the Town of Bel Air:
The Bel Air Police Department wants to notify Town residents that on Friday, May 13, 2016, beginning at 7:00 am and continuing to Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:00 am, the Town will be patrolled by Troopers from the Maryland State Police, Bel Air Barrack “D.” Law enforcement service to the citizens of Bel Air will be uninterrupted throughout this timeframe. The Town of Bel Air wishes to extend our gratitude to the Maryland State Police (Colonel William Pallozzi and Lieutenant Timothy Mullin) and the Troopers of Barrack “D” for their assistance. Bel Air Police Department personnel will be attending the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial – Candlelight Vigil, in Washington D.C. in remembrance of fallen Bel Air Officer G. Oliver Noonan.
Bailiff (common term for officers in a bygone era) Noonan was seriously injured on Friday, June 25, 1920 while patrolling the streets of Bel Air. Bailiff (Officer) Noonan was involved in a physical altercation at Office Street and South Main Street. During the altercation confiscated fireworks exploded in Officer Noonan’s pockets. His intestines were torn by the explosion and within four days he died as a result of peritonitis. This line of duty death was recently discovered by historian and local adjunct instructor Michael Dixon.
In that era there was little to no recognition of line of duty deaths. In this incident there was only slight mention in newspaper articles and Town documents only noted the vacant officer position. The Town of Bel Air and the Bel Air Police Department are responsible for ensuring that proper memorialization is performed for the ultimate sacrifice made by Officer Noonan.
The commemorative efforts will coincide with National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day (Sunday, May 15)/National Police Week/National Police Memorial Month (May). The memorialization efforts this month will be especially solemn as we also remember the tragic deaths of fallen Deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon and other law enforcement personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Police Service in the Town of Bel Air 5/13-5/14
This is an important notification to Town residents from the Bel Air Police Department.
On Friday, May 13, 2016 from 7am through Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7am, the Town will be patrolled by Troopers from the Maryland State Police. Law enforcement service to the citizens will be uninterrupted throughout the time frame.
MSP is graciously servicing the area in order to allow Bel Air Police personnel to attend Fallen Heroes Day Ceremonies in Washington, DC memorializing the line of duty death of G. Oliver Noonan in June of 1920. For more information please log on to the Bel Air Police Department’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Bel-Air-Police-Department-455182717906937/ or go to the Town website at www.belairmd.org.