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Children and families showed support law enforcement during Mountain Christian Church's Second Serve Saturday, dedicated this time to two Harford Sheriff's deputies who were shot to death last week.
Children and families showed support law enforcement during Mountain Christian Church's Second Serve Saturday, dedicated this time to two Harford Sheriff's deputies who were shot to death last week. (Courtesy Mountain Christian Church / Baltimore Sun)

Across Harford County and beyond, people, businesses and organizations have stepped forward to offer financial support for the families of the two Sheriff's Office senior deputies who were murdered last week.

Fred Visnaw, Harford County Deputy Sheriff's Union President, was just starting Sunday the long process of tracking contributions to the union's benevolent fund in the names of Senior Deputies Pat Dailey and Mark Logsdon, who were shot to death Feb. 10 while responding to a call about a man with outstanding warrants inside an Abingdon restaurant. The assailant, David Evans, was fatally shot at the scene by other deputies.

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The union's official www.gofundme.com/hcdsubenevolentpage showed $17,485 raised in just over three days, but Visnaw said he knows that is just the tip of the iceberg for donations toward the families of the two deputies killed in the line of duty in Abingdon Wednesday, the first such tragedy for the Sheriff's Office in more than a century.

"There is no way to know [about total donations]," Visnaw said. "Everybody is doing something."

Among other fund-raising efforts, the Wawa convenience store chain is asking customers for donations toward the fund in all of its metropolitan Baltimore stores, according to Visnaw, who said the chain would match the donations by at least $5,000. All proceeds will go directly to the Logsdon and Dailey families, he said.

Many other businesses throughout the county are offering promotions tied to fundraising for the slain deputies, and those which are have posted messages on their signs and marquees.

More than $5,700 was raised in six hours Saturday by employees and community members at Shoreline Emergency Vehicle Graphics in Bel Air South, who gave out 375 blue stripe #backtheble decals.

Religious community reaches out

Churches throughout the county dedicated their weekend services to the deputies or to law enforcement in general.

The county's mosque, Masjid Al-Falaah, located in Abingdon, was among the first in the faith community to offer the Sheriff's Office assistance and said the congregation plans to send a group to the funerals or prayer services for both deputies.

Rev. Allan Gorman, pastor of Harford Community Church in Creswell, said a group of 25 to 30 area pastors and religious leaders met at The Greene Turtle at Harford Mall on Saturday to discuss how they could honor the deputies and their families, as well as the family of the shooter, support law enforcement and help the county heal.

They plan to pool information on new vigils or other events on www.HigherTogether.org, run by Howard Magness.

"Some of this stuff is kind of popping up spontaneously," said Gorman, who has been a pastor in Harford County since 1977 and has led Harford Community Church for 25 years.

The pastors discussed how they could support Mountain Christian Church, which is hosting visitation for both deputies and the service for Senior Deputy Dailey, Gorman said.

They will also encourage their congregations to come to the visitation for Senior Deputy Dailey on the second day, Tuesday, and for Senior Deputy Logsdon on the second day, Friday, as the first days of the two visitations, Monday for Dailey and Thursday for Logsdon, should primarily be for families and law enforcement, he said.

People will also be encouraged to carpool or coordinate groups to attend the visitations.

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Senior Deputy Dailey, whose funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mountain Christian, is survived by his mother, Joan Alma Thaden Dailey, of Joppa; his sons, Bryan P. Dailey and Tyler S. Dailey, of Joppa; a brother, Michael P. Dailey of Westminster; and sisters, Linda M. Kilduff of Edgewood and Kathleen T. Fitzgerald of Joppa. He was predeceased by his father, Michael Francis Dailey.

He was a veteran of the Marine Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant, and served 30 years with the Sheriff's Office. He was active with his children in the Young Marines and the Jarrettsville VFW. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172. Condolences may be sent to the family through the guestbook at www.mccomasfuneralhome.com.

Senior Deputy Logsdon, whose funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday at the APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College, is survived by his parents, John Patrick and Debra Ann Cook Logsdon; his wife, Jennifer; son, Darin; daughters, Bethany and Megan; an unborn grandchild due in April; his sister, Riki; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was a 16-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office and 12 year veteran of the U.S. Army.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Mark Logsdon Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1176, Aberdeen, MD 21001. Condolences may be sent to the family also through the guestbook at www.mccomasfuneralhome.com.

Counseling offered

The pastors also have assembled a list of counseling services to disseminate to all the churches for anyone who may need them.

"We actually have folks in our congregation with the Sheriff's Office, so we have been very personally connected with this situation, and me personally as a pastor," Gorman said.

The pastoral group plans to contact officials at Panera and Park View at Box Hill, where the two deputies were fatally shot, to ask how they can help, he said.

"We are trying to support them in any way we can," Gorman said. "This has never happened before, ever. We feel like this is an opportunity for the church to be what the church is supposed to be. It's supposed to bring comfort, peace, hope."

Gorman said he hopes parents and others will realize that their children and relatives are already discussing the tragedy, on social media or around town.

He said employees feel more vulnerable in their public duties and "this is the top topic of conversation all around," including for many people in positions of leadership.

Gorman recently met in prayer with "a whole group of people from county offices who work closely with the Sheriff's Office," he noted.

"I think these things are extremely difficult to go through alone," he said, explaining he hopes people can reach out to others more. "Grief is an extremely isolating thing."

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman said he, like many others in the county, is taking the aftermath of the shootings day by day. He said he is focused on helping the families and showing compassion.

Unlike the recent blizzard, Glassman pointed out Sunday, "for this kind of event, there's no real manual on how to do it."

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He also said he wants to make sure as many Sheriff's Office members can attend the funerals as possible, adding the upcoming week is expected to draw national attention and law enforcement attendees from around the country.

"I know the county is heartbroken, but I'm proud of the way the county has pulled together," Glassman said.

"If the last week was any indication, I think we will do a good job and give them a fitting send-off," he said.

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