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Boonsboro town officials continue to mourn death of Police Sgt.

December 05, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO, Md. — Boonsboro town officials Monday night continued to mourn the death of Boonsboro Police Sgt. Rich Poffenberger, and also remembered longtime town voting official Carroll Guy "Jerry" Strailman, who died Saturday.

Poffenberger died Thursday, hours after working a shift at the police department.

Poffenberger's death shocked the community. Boonsboro Police Chief Jeff Hewett said Poffenberger worked with him last week and seemed fine.

Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said during an invocation for Monday night's Boonsboro Town Council meeting that town officials came to the meeting with "heavy hearts" over the death of Poffenberger.

Kauffman talked about Poffenberger's funeral on Monday and said, "what a tribute. Fifty-one years old is way too soon, but it happened. God rest his soul."

Hewett usually is at the council meeting to give the monthly police report, but he was absent and Kauffman gave the report.

"He's taking this very, very hard," Kauffman said of Hewett.

Kauffman said Maryland State Police have offered to help Boonsboro with police service considering the vacant position on the police force.

Kauffman also noted the death of Strailman, who ran the town's voting operations for many years.

Strailman, who died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, also was involved in youth activities in town and basketball programs, town Councilwoman Barbara Wetzel said.

Strailman was co-founder of the Boonsboro Little League and had been chairman of the Washington County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board, according to his obituary.

"He was really involved in the community in all kinds of ways," Wetzel said.

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