Community service planned for fallen officer

January 01, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Area Churches Association will hold a community memorial service on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. for Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson, who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 19.

The service will be open to the public and will be held at Smithsburg High School.

Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers and Smithsburg Police Chief Charles Stanford are expected to deliver eulogies.

"We want to give the public an opportunity to offer their condolences and heal together during this terribly difficult time," said Pastor Gerry Johnson of Trinity Lutheran Church in Smithsburg.

Fourteen Smithsburg-area churches will participate in the service, and several religious leaders from the churches will speak, Johnson said.

A reception will be held after the service, Johnson said.

Nicholson, 25, was waiting for backup in a driveway off Welty Church Road when he was shot and killed, police said.

Douglas Wayne Pryor, 29, of Smithsburg, was charged in Nicholson's death and in the stabbing death of Pryor's girlfriend, Alison Munson, who was found dead in her Halfway Manor apartment earlier that night.


Nicholson's funeral was held on Christmas Eve at Williamsport High School. The service drew more than 1,000 people, including hundreds of police officers from across Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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