Hundreds of law enforcement officers, firefighters, state leaders and friends and family of fallen heroes will gather at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens Friday, May 3rd, for the 28th Annual Fallen Heroes Day.
The ceremony, set to start at 1 p.m., is the only statewide ceremony, in the nation, to honor all those in the public safety community.
Since the last ceremony, in May of 2012, five police officers, one correctional officer and one firefighter have died in the line of duty.
The Harford County Sheriff’s office experienced a lot of loss with three line of duty deaths.
Deputy First Class Teresa L. Testerman
Harford County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy First Class Teresa Testerman suffered a heart attack. The day before her heart attack, while on duty, she responded to unruly inmates in an overcrowded cellblock. Later that day there was also a search of the cells for contraband weapons. Once she got home, after the stressful day, she starting having chest pains and collapsed.
Deputy First Class Teresa Testerman worked with the Harford County Sheriff’s office for 24 years. She was 54 at the time of her death andis is survived by two children.
Corporal Charles B. Licato
Harford County Sheriff's Office
Corporal Licato died in a car crash September 6, 2012 in Darlington. He was heading home from work at the time.
Corporal Licato came from a police family following in the footsteps of his father and brother. He was 34 at the time of his death and is survived by his parents.
Learn more about Corporal Charles Licato:
Sergeant Ian A. Loughran
Harford County Sheriff's Office
Sergeant Loughran died September 13, 2012 one week after fellow-officer Corporal Licato. Sgt. Loughran experienced symptoms of a heart attack while on-duty at the funeral of Corporal Licato and died later that evening at home.
The 16 year veteran of the Sheriff's Office was in the Police Services Bureau, Patrol Division, Northern Precinct. He was 43 and left behind a wife and young son.
Learn more about Sergeant Ian Loughran:
Officer Forrest "Dino" Taylor
Baltimore Police Department
Officer Forrest “Dino” Taylor died August 29, 2012, six months after a car crash.
Officer Taylor was going to assist another officer, in February of 2012, when his cruiser was struck by a SUV in Mt. Vernon. He never fully recovered from the medial treatment he was given.
Officer Forrest “Dino” Taylor was a homicide detective and violent crimes investigator. He left behind a wife and two young children.
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Firefighter Christopher M. Staley
Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department
Firefighter Christopher Staley died August 6, 2011 during an attempt to rescue a friend who was drowning in the Wicomico River. Staley, who had been a member of the Department for six years, was Cobb Island's most active young volunteer. In 2010, he was credited with responding on more rescue calls than any other member.
Firefighter Staley is survived by his father who is also a volunteer with the Department. His death was ruled line of duty in 2012.
Officer William D. "Bill" Talbert
Montgomery County Police Department
Officer William Talbert died January 27, 2012 of Hepatitis C contracted in 1983 through a blood transfusion needed after an accident involving a drunk driver. At the time of the 1983 accident, Officer Talbert was standing between his patrol car and another vehicle when a drunk driver struck one of the cars and pinned Talbert. He was taken to the hospital for a blood transfusion, which was infected with the disease.
Officer Talbert served with the Department for 13 years when he was forced to take a medical retirement in 1984. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, four children and 10 grandchildren. He was 64 at the time of his death.
Private First Class Officer Adrian A. Morris
Prince George's County Police Department, District VI
Private First Class Officer Adrian A. Morris died August 20, 2012 while pursuing a theft suspect on I-95. Prior to joining the force, he was a member of the Police Explorers and continued his affiliation with the group as a mentor.
Morris served in the Department for 2 ½ year, and is survived by his mother.
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