Edward F. BlaneyDecorated police officerEdward F. Blaney...


September 27, 1993

Edward F. Blaney

Decorated police officer

Edward F. Blaney, a retired Baltimore police officer once cited for bravery in stopping a suicide attempt 12 floors above a downtown street, died of complications from a stroke Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Towson. He was 82.

In 1952, the Police Department honored Mr. Blaney with its highest award, the Medal of Honor, for thwarting an attempted suicide two years earlier.

As noted in The Evening Sun, on Feb. 22, 1952, he saved "the life of an elevator operator . . . perched on a 12th-floor ledge of the Sheraton Belvedere Hotel." Mr. Blaney "lowered himself to a narrow ledge, grabbed the man and assisted him through a window to safety."

Relatives said Mr. Balney saved the newspaper clipping.

Mr. Blaney's career in law enforcement began in 1944 at the Central District, where he was a patrolman until his retirement in 1969. He was known to seek out errant motorists, offering them a chance to move their vehicles and avoid a fine.

Mr. Blaney and his identical twin brother, John, both were Central District officers. He told his family of the fun they sometimes had with at least one sergeant who could tell him and his brother apart only by their badge numbers. At times, they would switch badges, recalled a niece, Retta Blaney of New York.

John Blaney died in 1981.

Before joining the Police Department, Edward Blaney was a city firefighter for 10 years.

MA He and Ruth Hartman were married in 1945. Mrs. Blaney died in

1982. The couple lived in Govans from 1950 to 1970, when they moved to Bel Air. Mr. Blaney moved to Stella Maris three years ago.

He was a member of the retired Police Benevolent Association, the Maryland Law Enforcement Association, the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus Council No. 618 and the Holy Name Society at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Govans.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday in the chapel at Stella Maris.

Mr. Blaney is survived by two sons, Joseph E. Blaney of Bel Air and Thomas E. Blaney of Hunt Valley; a sister, Estelle Hayden of Ruxton; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21212-1099.

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