Monument at Cedar Lawn wins praise

April 04, 1998


Staff Writer

The huge bronze and granite monument erected last July at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park to honor departed local heroes has been recognized by the highest levels of the Maryland state government.

Cedar Lawn recently was cited by Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening and the Maryland House of Delegates for the establishment of the memorial.

Geoff and Rick Freeman, president and vice president of Cedar Lawn, came up with the idea for the monument after the accidental death in 1993 of a young Clear Spring firefighter who is buried at the cemetery.


Eric Russell's memory is preserved on the monument, along with those of many heroes who have given of themselves to others.

And it's not just for those who have fallen in the line of duty, Freeman said.

Maryland State Police Trooper First Class Jay Benedict, who died from an illness in 1995, also has his name on the monument.

It is 7 feet tall and 6 feet wide and made of dark red carnelian granite from Minnesota.

On it is displayed a bronze relief plaque portraying firefighters, police officers and ambulance personnel performing their duties.

There also are three permanent granite benches in front of the monument, one dedicated to Russell, another to Benedict and the third to Alan Whicher, a Secret Service agent killed in the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.

Whicher's mother, Bette, is from Boonsboro.

For information about the memorial, call 301-733-6682.

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