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Park entryway, part of Md. 64 to be dedicated to slain Smithsburg officer

May 04, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

SMITHSBURG -- A Police Week ceremony in Smithsburg on May 14 will include dedicating the Veterans Park entryway and a stretch of Md. 64 to Christopher Shane Nicholson, a Smithsburg Police officer who died in the line of duty in December 2007, officials said Tuesday.

Smithsburg Police Chief George L. Knight Jr. said the ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in Veterans Park. All police officers and their families, as well as the public, are welcome, Knight said.

There will be an awards ceremony for Smithsburg Police and a few activities in remembrance of Nicholson, Knight wrote in an e-mail.

Nicholson, 25, was fatally shot Dec. 19, 2007, while trying to stop a man who was being sought for an earlier killing.

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A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at Nicholson's memorial in the park, Knight said.

The entryway to Veterans Park will be dedicated and renamed Christopher Nicholson Way, according to the Smithsburg Police Department and Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.

Shank said a portion of Md. 64 near Welty Church Road north of Smithsburg will be dedicated to Nicholson as well. A Maryland Highway Commission memorial and dedication sign will mark that stretch of road, he said.

Nicholson's family requested the dedication sign about a year ago for a portion of Md. 64 or Interstate 70, Shank said.

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