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City officials honor slain officers

July 29, 1998

Hagerstown elected officials paid their respects on Tuesday to the memory of the two Capitol Police officers who were shot and killed in the U.S. Capitol last Friday.

During the invocation for Tuesday night's City Council meeting, Councilman Lewis Metzner read a passage called "Peace" from the "Gates of Prayer" book he uses in synagogue.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure said the shooting at the Capitol should make city officials consider their own safety at public meetings.

"Who is to say that next week or next year the same thing couldn't happen here?" McClure said.

Councilman William M. Breichner, who has worked for the city as an employee or elected official for about 40 years, said he didn't remember any time when the council was in real danger.

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The door to City Hall is left open during night meetings so the public can attend, Breichner said. Metal detectors could be installed, but Breichner said he didn't want that.

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