Sgt. Ian Loughran suffered heart attack after comrade's funeral

JOPPA, Md. - For the second time in a week, a hearse pulls before Mountain Christian Church in Joppa carrying the body of a Harford County Sheriff's deputy.

A week ago to the day, Sergeant Ian Loughran stood among his comrades at another deputy's funderal here, but this one is his own.

Loughran felt discomfort at that funeral a week ago and thought it was heart burn.

That same night a heart attack took his life.

"There are critics who believe that, to be a hero, there needs to be drama; that one should die in a gun battle with an assailant or burn in a building trying to rescue a child.  Truly these are courageous acts, and the victims are truly heroes," Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane told mourners, "There was not this remarkable drama in Ian's death, but there was purpose."

Recalled as a deputy's deputy, Loughran spent 16 years with the Sheriff's Office serving in a variety of capacities ranging from the School Policing Patrol to the Domestic Violence Unit and Youth Services.

"(A) school  policing officer touches hundreds of students.  Family Justice Center touches families in crisis and all the other work he did," said Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly, "As everyone describes him---(he was) just a genuinely nice guy."

An enormous American flag awaited the funeral procession at the entrance to Highview Memorial Gardens in Fallston where a burial service fitting of a hero unfolded.

"All these guys are heroes because day by day, they go through the stress of dealing with some terrible situations that most of us don't even stop to think about, and they give their lives to make others' lives better and that makes them all heroes," said Cassilly.

"God's speed, Ian Loughran.  Rest assured that your death has meaning.  And, rest in peace knowing that you are ours forever," added Sheriff Bane.

Sergeant Loughran is survived by his mother, his brother, two sisters, his wife and a two-year old son.

The deputy was just 43 years old.

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