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Father of slain officer from Carroll County speaks on Fallen Heroes Day

Clouds threatening rain, and the cloud of a police officer in Baltimore County shot in the line of duty the day before, hung over Fallen Heroes Day as public officials spoke, children laid a wreath and a procession of more than 25 honor guard units stood by.

More than 1,000 civilians, police officers, fire personnel and others gathered Friday for the 34th annual Fallen Heroes Day at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Five from Maryland who died in the line of service were remembered.

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Charles Schneider, the father of Officer 1st Class Jason Schneider, of Carroll County, who was honored at the 2014 Fallen Heroes Day Ceremony, said he understood the grief and shock the family members of those fallen were experiencing.

He said he knew what it was like to wish that maybe, just maybe, they could have convinced their loved ones to stay home the day they died, or even to have chosen a different line of work.

“It is, however, doubtful that we could have talked them out of it,” said Schneider, of Manchester.

Schneider, a former member of law enforcement himself for nearly three decades, used to occasionally attend the ceremony. But since his son’s death, he hasn’t missed a Fallen Heroes Day.

Jason Schneider, a 36-year-old tactical officer with the Baltimore County Police Department and father of two, was shot to death in August 2013 while trying to serve a warrant at a home in Catonsville.

The five from Maryland who were honored Friday were:

• Officer 1st Class Amy Caprio, of the Baltimore County Police Department, who died in the line of duty on May 21, 2018, while responding to a home burglary. One West Baltimore teen was found guilty this week of felony murder in her death; three others await trial. Caprio lived in Fallston and was 29.

• Rescue Capt. Patricia “Pat” Osborne, of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, who died May 26, 2018, of her own medical emergency while riding in the back of an ambulance. She was 69.

• Special Agent Nole Remagen, of the U.S. Secret Service, who died July 17, 2018, after suffering a stroke while on protection detail in Scotland. He lived in Dunkirk and was 42.

• Lt. Nathan Flynn, of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, who died in the line of duty on July 23, 2018, when he fell through the floor while battling a fire. The Havre de Grace resident was 34.

• Assistant Fire Chief Daniel “Danny” Lister, of the Queen Anne-Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company, who died Sept. 1, 2018, after suffering a cardiac arrest while in the line of duty. He was 34.

In addition to the five who died in the line of duty in 2018, the ceremony recognized two men, firefighter Steward W. Godwin, who died in 1963, and police officer Jimmy D. Halcomb, who died in 1976 — both before Fallen Heroes Day was established in Maryland.

For Baltimore County, the day had extra significance — an officer shot in the line of duty Thursday and taken into surgery at University of Maryland Medical System Shock Trauma. The officer is expected to survive her injuries.

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