Lt. Angus A. Park of the Howard County Police Department died yesterday in Carroll County General Hospital of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 47 and lived in Finksburg.
A police funeral with a departmental honor guard will be held for Lieutenant Park at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 3939 Gamber Road in Gamber.
In honor of Lieutenant Park, county police officers are wearing black mourning ribbons on their badges, and flags outside the police stations are being flown at half-staff until after the funeral.
Lieutenant Park was born and raised in Lonaconing, where he graduated from Valley High School in 1962. He received a bachelor's degree from Frostburg State College in 1966 and a master's degree in administration of justice from American University in 1979.
He joined the department in July 1971 and was promoted to police officer first class in 1976, corporal in 1977, sergeant in 1980 and lieutenant in 1989.
Lieutenant Park had various assignments with the police department after serving his first two years on patrol. He served in the criminal investigations bureau, the research and planning division, the communications division and the training section before going back on patrol as a sergeant in 1984. He then was assigned to the community assistance section and served two years as public information officer, dealing with the media on police and crime matters. He served as commander of the education and training division from July 1989 until Sept. 30.
He had specialized police training in legal matters, advanced crime prevention, criminal investigation, narcotics and dangerous drug enforcement, labor relations, domestic violence policy development and cultural programs. He also attended the FBI National Academy.
Lieutenant Park is survived by his wife, Carol Aperson; sons Thomas A. and Ian A; and his mother, Edna E. Park of Lonaconing.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Capt. G. Edward Wessel Memorial Fund in care of the Howard County Police Department, or Calvary United Methodist Church.