Police monument in Towson contains 4 names

February 08, 2000|By David Nitkin

The blue granite monument in Towson that commemorates Baltimore County's fallen police officers is inscribed with four names.

The last Baltimore County police officer killed by a bullet was a legendary traffic-ticket writer who once issued summonses to Gov. Harry R. Hughes and County Executive Donald P. Hutchinson.

At age 71, Cpl. Samuel Snyder was the department's eldest officer when he was fatally wounded in August 1983 while helping two rookies trying to subdue a highly agitated man in the parking lot of the Bel-Loc Diner in Towson.

The last county officer killed in the line of duty was Robert W. Zimmerman, 41, who was hit by two vehicles as he crossed a street Nov. 5, 1986.

In July 1977, Officer Charles Huckeba was shot to death while trying to stop a suicide attempt. Officer Edward Kuznar was the first officer killed in the line of duty. He died after a traffic collision in December 1969.

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