6 Fallen Heroes Remembered

May 07, 1994|By Ed Brandt | Ed Brandt,Sun Staff Writer

On a cool, breezy day perfect for remembrance, Maryland's fallen heroes were honored in an emotional ceremony yesterday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.

Among the six police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty during the past year was Baltimore Officer Herman A. Jones, 50, shot dead in East Baltimore last May in a confrontation with three teen-agers who tried to rob him when he stopped at a carryout on his way home from work.

One teen-ager is serving a life sentence plus 20 years. The other two each got 50 years in prison.

"Today is like the day of his funeral," his widow, Linda, said, "and I feel very tense, but it's very nice." She was accompanied at the ceremony by her daughter and sister and other relatives and friends.

Others who have died in the line of duty since last May were:

* William W. Overman Jr., 45, of the Herald Harbor Volunteer Fire Co., who died of a heart attack while responding to a call.

* Deputy Chief Michael J. Wilcom Jr., 34, of the New Market District Volunteer and Rescue Company, who died of a heart attack while responding to the third of three fires in one afternoon.

* Mark M. Filer, 31, of the Montgomery County Police Department, who was killed in a collision while on duty.

* James E. Walch, 30, a Montgomery County police officer who was killed when his police car skidded on ice and hit a utility pole while he was pursuing a stolen Jeep driven by a 13-year-old boy.

* James Bagleo, 26, of the Prince George's County Police Department, who struck a utility pole while responding to a call. He was promoted posthumously to the rank of sergeant.

Many Maryland police and fire agencies sent uniformed delegations to the ceremony, which opened with a colorful procession of flag-carrying honor guards led by the John F. Nicoll Pipe Band of Baltimore County.

About 700 people, including many public officials, attended the ceremony under a 100-by-60-footwhite canopy set up in front of the Fallen Heroes Memorial, which has a bronze relief of a police officer and a firefighter carrying a little girl.

Small replicas of the Fallen Heroes Memorial were presented to the families of the six men.

In 1976, the late John W. Armiger Sr. set aside 330 burial spaces in the cemetery, free of charge, for Maryland law enforcement officers and firefighters, emergency medical and rescue officers and correctional officers who die in the line of duty.

His son, John Armiger Jr., is president of Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

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