Former Harford Sheriff passes away

BEL AIR, Md. (WMAR) - A well-respected, beloved law enforcement official  and former Sheriff for the Harford County Sheriff passed away last night after a long illness.

Former Sheriff and Maryland State Police Major Theodore Moyer, 83, passed away shortly after 7:30 p.m., Monday at his home surrounded by his family.

Moyer was born and raised in Hagerstown and played semi-pro football for the Browns before joining the Maryland State Police force. He graduated from the police academy in 1951 and was the first class to wear the Stetson hat and shoulder patch that is still worn by troopers.

During his State Police career, he served as commander of the Greenbelt Post, the North East, Valley and Bel Air barracks. He retired in 1981 with the rank of major. He was then elected Sheriff by the voters of Harford County, where he served one term from October 1, 1981 to 1986.  

Moyer is remembered as always helping people in need by providing support. Most of the time his acts of kindness were done without anyone being aware of who was responsible for the help and generosity.

Regardless of his rank, Moyer was known for always looking out for the road trooper or deputy and never forgot where he came from.

Moyer and his wife Elaine raised three sons, David, Michael and Steve. He also had four grandchildren. Moyer's son Steve followed in his father's footsteps and had an outstanding career with the Maryland State Police, from which he retired as a bureau chief with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Just before his death, Moyer presented Steve's son, Drew, with his State Police retirement badge.

When reflecting upon Moyer's death, Sheriff L. Jesse Bane said "We lost a great man in Sheriff Moyer. History will remember him for his contributions to the State of Maryland as a member of the Maryland State Police and for his contributions to Harford County as her Sheriff.  Those who knew him on a more personal level will remember him for his devotion to his family and for his devotion to our youth. We wish him God's speed.  He will surely be missed by all who knew him. "

While final arrangements have not been released for Moyer. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Mountain Christian at 1824 Mountain Road in Joppa. A reception will be held at the Richlin Ballroom at 1700 VanBibber Road in Edgewood immediately following the service.

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