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Officers pay tribute to fallen

May 17, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Three wreaths were placed in front of the Hagerstown Police Department during a Wednesday afternoon memorial ceremony held in honor of fallen officers.

Retired officers, uniformed and plainclothes police and cadets assembled in the police station parking lot for the ceremony and wreath-laying that was part of Police Week.

Officers wore narrow black bands on their badges to signify their respect for the fallen police officers.

The Hagerstown City Police Honor Guard carried United States, Maryland and Fraternal Order of Police flags.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II read a proclamation thanking police officers for what they do for the residents of Hagerstown.

"I'm proud of my police department," said Bruchey.

Police Chief Arthur Smith asked those attending to take a moment to honor not only fallen officers but the sacrifice law enforcement officers make on a daily basis.

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Smith said Donald Kline was the last Hagerstown officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Kline was off-duty when he walked into a local grocery store to find a robbery in progress Dec. 13, 1975. He was fatally shot.

"Officers like that should be remembered and spoken of," said Smith.

The memorial ceremony has been held for the past 25 years, according to Captain Robert Hart.

Following the speeches, a Hagerstown firefighter played "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes and a recording of "Taps" was played.

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