The American Flag was at half staff flying over the McComas Funeral Home in Abingdon Tuesday afternoon, as his fellow deputies from the Harford County Sheriff's Office and other area law enforcement agencies filed in to pay their final respects to Sgt. Ian Loughran. The Funeral Service for Sgt. Loughran will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mountain Christian Church's New Life Center, at 1814 Mountain Road in Joppa. Interment will follow in Highview Memorial Gardens, at 3433 Fallston Road in Fallston.
Sgt. Loughran, 43, a 16-year veteran of the sheriff's office, died early Thursday at his home. According to the sheriff's office, he had unknowingly began to suffer the symptoms of a heart attack the previous day during the funeral services for his fellow deputy, Cpl. Charles Licato, who died Sept. 6 in a car accident while on his way home from his shift.
Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, there was a steady flow of colleagues, friends and other mourners coming and going at the funeral home. Outside it was blustery, but the rain that had been falling much of the day had slacked at that point. Small American Flags lined the parking area and small road leading to the funeral home.
Among those paying respects were two principals from high schools where Sgt. Loughran had served as resource officer - Charles Hagan from Harford Tech and Ed Herbold from North Harford.
Herbold said Sgt. Loughran had been "a great school resource officer...one of the best" during the time he served at Herbold's school.
Sgt. Loughran was most recently assigned to the Police Services Bureau, Patrol Division at the Northern Precinct in Jarrettsville.
He was married and had one child.
The sheriff's office said last week that Sgt. Loughran's death is considered in the line of duty because it came within 24 hours of a shift. While he wasn't working at Cpl. Licato's funeral, he was attending as a representative of the agency.
The Harford County Children's Council honored Sgt. Loughran as a youth leader in 2002 and he was honored by the sheriff's office in 2005 with a unit citation as part of the Court Security Unit.
The sheriff's office is advising motorists of potential traffic delays during the funeral procession between the church and the cemetery.
According to the sheriff's office, the procession will leave the church at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and travel west on Route 152 (Mountain and Fallston roads), arriving at Highview Memorial Gardens at about 1 p.m.
Motorists can expect traffic delays, road closures and a high volume of traffic between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., along Route 152 and those roads that feed into it from Jerusalem Road in Joppa to Charles Street in Fallston, the sheriff's office said in a traffic advisory.
Staging and set up in conjunction with funeral activities may be seen beginning as early as 6:30 a.m. at Mountain Christian Church and Highview Memorial Gardens.
The sheriff's office is asking that residents plan travel times accordingly and, if possible, avoid travel in this area between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
For additional information regarding funeral details, visit the Harford County Sheriff's Office website at http://www.harfordsheriff.org.