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Sheriff thanks people who helped in recovery of drowning victim

August 05, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

BOONSBORO - At Monday's Boonsboro Town Council meeting, Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades honored 11 people for their help in recovering the body of Mark Alan Fry, who drowned in Antietam Creek in mid-June.

"The recovery would have been more difficult were it not for their work," Mades said. "I'm sure the family appreciates this."

Fry, 35, of Hagerstown disappeared after he was seen floating down the creek at a dam near the Creekside Inn on Security Road. Friends found his body in the water days later.

The first person Mades thanked was Dan Shaffer, Fry's boss and owner of Olde Towne Masonry in Rohrersville.

"It was because of his leadership that others pitched in as they did," Mades said.

The others thanked and given certificates of appreciation were: Josh and Jeremy Shaffer, John W. Thomas Troy Moser, Mike Swomley, Mark Smallwood, Chris Smallwood, Jason Smallwood, Rick Messner and Jason Haupt.

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After each was thanked, Mades led the crowd in a standing ovation.

He suggested giving them awards at the Boonsboro meeting, instead of a Washington County Commissioners' meeting, because most were from southern Washington County and it would be easier, logistically, for all involved, Mades said.

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