Baltimore Co. adds Prothero to memorial for officers

Killed in Feb., he became 5th to die in line of duty

May 12, 2000|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police and elected officials unveiled yesterday the fifth name on the Towson memorial that pays tribute to officers who have died in the line of duty.

The name was that of Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero, 35, who was killed in February. It joins the four others on the Police Memorial -- a blue granite replica of a police badge that stands in front of the county Circuit Court building.

The unveiling was held during a 40-minute ceremony that included speeches, prayers and the laying of wreaths.

The county commemorates fallen officers each year.

Prothero's was the first name to be added to the memorial in 14 years, adding to the solemnity of yesterday's ceremony.

His widow, Ann, received a plaque and an American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol in her husband's honor.

Prothero was shot Feb. 7 outside a Pikesville jewelry store, where he was working a second job as a security guard. Four men have been charged with murder in his death.

"It is the reality that [officers die in the line of duty] that makes our profession noble," said Terrence B. Sheridan, the county police chief.

Sheridan received a resolution from the County Council and the state Senate recognizing yesterday as the county's police memorial day.

During yesterday's ceremony, officials also recognized the other officers, saying they would never be forgotten.

Officer Edward Kuznar was the first county officer killed in the line of duty. He died after a traffic collision in 1969.

In July 1977, Officer Charles A. Huckeba was shot to death while trying to stop a suicide attempt.

Cpl. Samuel L. Snyder was fatally wounded in August 1983 while helping two rookies subdue an agitated man.

Officer Robert W. Zimmerman was hit by two vehicles as he crossed a street in November 1986.

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