Funeral to be held Wednesday for officer who died in crash

August 24, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Crystal D. Sheffield, who became the city's first female officer to die in the line of duty Thursday, will be buried Wednesday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.

Sheffield, 35, a three-year veteran who is married to a city firefighter and comes from a family of police officers, died after her cruiser was struck by an unmarked police car in West Baltimore late Wednesday.

Sheffield and the officers in the other car were responding to a call to help an officer trying to break up a fight nearby. The unmarked car struck Sheffield's cruiser on the driver's side as she entered the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Carey Street.

Police released no new details about the crash yesterday, saying they were still investigating its cause.

Fire Inspector Michael Maybin, a spokesman for the city Fire Department, said relatives "wanted to thank everyone for their support and compassion."

Sheffield worked in the Western District, where she earned a reputation for being an aggressive officer who also displayed compassion on the job.

Her body will lie in state from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at March Funeral Home West, 4300 Wabash Ave.

A wake, followed by the funeral, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Pleasant Ministries, 6000 Radecke Ave.

Contributions may be sent to the Sheffield family at FOP Lodge 3, 3920 Buena Vista, Baltimore 21211.

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