TOWSON, MD—The Baltimore County Police Department held a memorial service Friday morning to honor officers who died in the line of duty.
The service was held at 10 a.m. in the County Council Chambers of the Old Towson Courthouse.
County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa R. Hyatt, government dignitaries and family members of deceased heroes attended the service. Ten wreaths were placed at the memorial to honor the ten deceased BCoPD officers.
The officers who were recalled were:
Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio
On May 21, 2018, 29-year-old Constable Caprio responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle with several suspicious subjects walking around the houses on Linwen Way in Nottingham. When she arrived and located the vehicle, she got out of her police car and ordered the driver out of the vehicle. Instead, the driver accelerated and fatally struck Officer Caprio. She was a nearly four-year veteran of the ministry and was married.
Officer Jason Schneider
On August 28, 2013, Tactical Officer Schneider was fatally injured while executing a warrant in Compound 1/Wilkens. An investigation into an August 19 shooting on Winters Lane led detectives to a house on Roberts Avenue. Tactical Officer Schneider was shot after an exchange of gunfire with a subject inside the Roberts Avenue home. He was transferred to Shock Trauma, where he later died. Officer Schneider was 36 years old.
Lieutenant Michael Howe
Lt. Howe died on August 11, 2008 following a severe stroke. On August 10, 2008, Lt. Howe was with his unit at the scene of a murder-suicide in Compound 4/Pikesville. When Lieutenant Howe returned home after the incident, he collapsed. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he died the following afternoon.
Sergeant Mark Parry
Sergeant Parry died on January 21, 2002 from injuries sustained in a traffic accident. On December 27, 2001, while on routine patrol in Towson, Sergeant Parry’s unmarked police car was struck by a drunk driver. The driver fled and was arrested shortly after.
Officer John Stem
Officer Stem died on October 19, 2000 of complications from paraplegia caused by a duty gunshot wound he suffered in July 1977. Officer Charles Huckeba was fatally wounded during the same incident in Compound 1 / Wilkens. Officers Stem and Huckeba and other officers were trying to subdue an agitated, armed 19-year-old man who barricaded himself in his family’s home.
Sergeant Bruce Prothero
On February 7, 2000 Sergeant Prothero was shot and killed during an armed robbery on Reisterstown Road. Four men robbed the jewelry store where the married father of five worked part-time as a security guard. Sergeant Prothero followed the armed robbers out of the store and was shot by one of the men. He died an hour later at a local hospital.
Officer Robert Zimmerman
On November 5, 1986, Constable Zimmerman was on foot patrol on Edmondson Avenue in the 1/Wilkens precinct when he was struck in traffic and seriously injured. The 41-year-old officer died on November 14, 1986 from his injuries.
Corporal Samuel Snyder
In August 1983, Corporal Snyder, a 30-year veteran of the department, was shot and killed by a mentally ill subject while responding to a call for help from fellow officers in Towson. Officer Snyder died on August 23, 1983 from his injuries.
Officer Charles Huckeba
Officer Huckeba was shot and killed on July 6, 1977 in Ward 1/Wilkens as police attempted to convince an agitated armed 19-year-old to surrender. Constable John Stem was also injured in this incident. Officer Stem succumbed to his injuries 23 years later on October 19, 2000.
Officer Edward Kuznar
On December 9, 1969, Officer Kuznar died as a result of a traffic accident. While on traffic patrol near Kingsville, Kuznar was hit head-on by a driver who crossed the center line and crashed into his police cruiser. The officer and the driver were killed.
The Baltimore County Police Department Memorial consists of a sculpted replica of the Police Department’s insignia, flanked by two commemorative plaques engraved with the names of those who have died in the line of duty since inception of the department in 1874.
It bears the inscription:
In lasting memory of those officers and families who made the ultimate sacrifice. Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.
Video of Friday’s service can be viewed below.