Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

December 10, 2006

Tragedy brings outpouring of aid

On behalf of the members of the Harford County Deputy Sheriff's Union, I would like to express our sincere thanks to the many people who helped us during the last week in reference to our fallen brother, Deputy 1st Class William H. Beebe. I wish I could list all of you in this printing but that would be impossible, as we are overwhelmed by all of the support.

Sheriff Golding said in his address at the ceremony that on the night of this tragic incident, the silver star that we wear upon our chest lost some of its shine. I couldn't agree with him more - however, that tarnish was short-lived due to the family, friends and brothers and sisters in blue that immediately sprang into action to honor Deputy Beebe.

The events that took place over the past few days were very emotional and sad. From the color guards and bugle playing taps, to the 21-gun salute, the final call, and the bittersweet sound of the bagpipes, I've never been as proud of my profession, coworkers, fellow union members and citizens.

To Mr. and Mrs. Beebe, Tina and Jesse, you are now, and forever will be, a part of our family. May God bless all of you.

Cpl. Donald Gividen

The writer is vice president of the Harford County Deputy Sheriff's Union.

Thanks for run's success

The YMCA of Central Maryland, Harford Family Branch, would like to thank the 606 runners, 135 walkers, and 30 volunteers that made the Harford County YMCA 5K Turkey Trot a huge success.

The Turkey Trot is held each year to raise money for the Strong Kids! Annual Giving Campaign, which provides financial assistance to families in Harford County for child care, camp, youth sports and teen programs. Each year, we are able to provide this financial assistance to Harford County families because of the support we receive from you.

We would also like to thank Upper Chesapeake Health, Smith Barney Citigroup/Marquez Harris Group, Van Deusen Construction, Frederick Ward Associates, Cybex International, BB&T Mortgage, Riparius Construction, Dick's Sporting Goods, Charm City Run, Mainstay Investments, Coffee Coffee, Dixie Construction, BJ's Wholesale Club, Einstein Bagels, Panera Bread, McComas Funeral Home, Mountaintop Software and the Main Street Tower for their financial and in-kind donations to support the race.

You make this event possible, and we appreciate your Y alliance. Thanks also to Jerry Marquez and Linda Van Deusen, volunteer race chair and co-chair, for their year round hard work and dedication to this event.

Suzanne Green

The writer is director of financial and membership development of theYMCA of Central Maryland, Harford County branch

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