Brian Terrell, 8, who became an honorary member of the Baltimore Police Department with the help of the Grant-A-Wish Foundation and reveled in hospital visits by members of the motorcycle squad, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday of complications from a liver infection.
Brian, who had three liver transplants after being diagnosed with hepatitis C, loved police officers and joined the department in an induction ceremony in September. He recited the officer's pledge and saluted Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier.
In the weeks before the ceremony, officers assigned to the department's motorcycle squad visited Brian at Hopkins and took him through the application process, complete with fingerprinting and a background check. They also brought him a uniform, helmet and boots.
Lt. Charles Gutberlet, commander of the motorcycle unit, organized the visits. "We took it as an honor that this little boy wanted to do something we do every day," Gutberlet said in September.
Brian is survived by his mother, Robin, his father, Michael, and two brothers, Christopher Fay and Michael Terrell, all of Pasadena; a sister, Kristyn Terrell of Florida; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Pennington of Pasadena; his great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Bosley of Randallstown; and seven aunts and uncles.
The Fraternal Order of Police is helping Brian's family with funeral expenses. To contribute, send checks payable to Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3, 3912 Buena Vista Ave., Baltimore 21211.
A viewing will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at McCully Funeral Home, Mountain and Tickneck roads in Pasadena. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Jane Frances Roman Catholic Church, 8513 St. Jane Drive in Riviera Beach. Interment will be at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Glen Burnie.
Pub Date: 11/15/98