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Deputy Mummert 'looked out for people'

July 14, 1998

Dep. Richard MummertBy LISA GRAYBEAL and MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writers

Washington County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Richard Lee "Dick" Mummert will be buried in the blue uniform like the one he wore almost every day in the 28 years he reported for duty.

"He's been a police officer nearly all of his life and he loved his work," said Mummert's younger brother, David.

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Richard Mummert, 62, who had the longest tenure of service at the sheriff's department, was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday on Broadfording Road.

He will be buried Thursday at St. Paul's Cemetery in Clear Spring. The Fraternal Order of Police, with officers from across the country, will conduct a graveside memorial service.

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Mummert was the first active sheriff's deputy to die in more than 20 years, according to officials.

He had been assigned to judicial duties.

"He was the greatest guy in the world. He was like a father to me," said David Mummert, of Hedgesville, W.Va.

Recalling memories of growing up in Maugansville, David Mummert said he remembered when some of the local kids would get into trouble and his brother would be sent out to investigate.

"Richard would show up and take them home ... He looked out for people," David Mummert said.

Another brother, Cpl. Dennis W. Mummert, is assigned to judicial duties at the sheriff's department.

A third brother, Donald H. Mummert, 64, a former Pennsylvania constable, died the day before Christmas 1997 from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania.

In addition to two brothers, Richard Mummert is survived by his father, Hubert S. Mummert, a sister, a daughter, two sons, three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

His wife, Connie E. Breeden Mummert, died in 1995.

Sheriff's deputies and officers from other police agencies remembered Mummert on Monday as a devoted employee and family man.

"We were both hired by the late Sheriff Charles Price - we may have been the last two hired by him," said Sgt. Robert Hafer, who heads the judicial arm of the sheriff's department, based in the Washington County courthouse, and was Mummert's immediate supervisor.

"It's a tragic loss for the department and for his family," Hafer said.

Sheriff Charles Mades said he met Richard Mummert when Mummert was a turnkey at the old Washington County Jail on Jonathan Street and Mades was a Maryland State Police trooper.

"Hired by Charles Price, Richard Mummert had served four sheriffs," Mades said.

A judicial deputy for at least the past 12 years, Mummert wore two hats in that role, providing security and prisoner transport in the courtrooms and serving thousands of warrants and summonses all over Washington County.

"I remember years ago when Dick got an old boat and we used it for rescues that the department was involved in," Mades said. "He was the first to have such a rescue program in the department."

Later, a new boat was obtained and Mades said Richard Mummert was one of the few deputies who took it out.

Mummert was a member of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club, Maryland Chapter 2, in Hagerstown.

David Mummert said his brother had been interested in motorcycles for as long as he can remember.

"He loved to ride," David Mummert said.

Richard Mummert was killed Sunday after he lost control of the motorcycle he was operating on Broadfording Road, according to Maryland State Police.

Mummert, of 13818 Maugansville Road, was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital at 2:05 p.m., police said.

The passenger on the motorcycle, Evelyn Thomas, 56, of 1813 Strite Road, Chambersburg, Pa., was treated at the hospital and released Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The two were traveling east on Broadfording Road west of St. Paul Road at about 12:30 p.m. when Mummert lost control of the 1980 Honda 1110 motorcycle, police said.

The motorcycle overturned and slid for several feet, police said.

Mummert and Thomas, both of whom were wearing helmets, were thrown from the motorcycle, police said.

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