Plaque rededicated to slain city officer

April 07, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

During a high school softball game 30 years ago, pitcher Jeannie Buchman kept scanning the crowd for her brother, Norman Fred Buchman. But her brother, a Baltimore police officer, never got there.

On April 6, 1973, Buchman, 24, was killed in the line of duty. Family members and friends remembered him yesterday at the city's Northwestern District police station, where a memorial plaque was rededicated.

About 30 people gathered around the slain officer's family, including his widow, daughter and sister, during the program.

"It's important that we never forget the men and women who have served in uniform," said Lt. Frederick V. Roussey, who organized the ceremony.

Buchman was shot with his service revolver during a fight with a man whose car he had chased and stopped in the Pimlico area.

"It's been 30 years since Fred died. A lot of us have been through a lifetime," said his widow, Cheryl Buchman of New Freedom, Pa. "The memories will always be there."

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