"Support the Blue" T-shirts, sweat shirts and hats are being sold to raise funds for the families of fallen Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon and their union's benevelont fund The logo apparel is being produced by Dan McClure of East Coast Sportswear.
"Support the Blue" T-shirts, sweat shirts and hats are being sold to raise funds for the families of fallen Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon and their union's benevelont fund The logo apparel is being produced by Dan McClure of East Coast Sportswear. (Provided photo / Baltimore Sun)

Residents, businesses and organizations from Harford County and beyond have contributed nearly $350,000 for the families of two slain Sheriff's Office deputies and police benevolent funds in the three weeks since the fatal shootings of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon.

Donations are still coming in and additional fundraisers are being planned throughout March and into April and even May.

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A 10-day, dollar-for-dollar donation match at the area's six Klein's ShopRite supermarkets in Harford and Jacksonville in Baltimore County brought in $47,000 before it ended Friday, according to the company, which contributed a like amount for a total of $94,000 raised.

"We are so proud of our ShopRite associates and customers for rallying to help the families of the deputies, and for showing support for the Sheriff¹s Office," Marshall J. Klein, director of operations for Klein's ShopRite said in a statement Tuesday. "My entire family is very proud to be a part of this great county and community."

The outpouring of community support reminds Dan McClure of the Bible verse in Genesis 50:20.

"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today," the verse states.

McClure said that spirit is demonstrated by the number of people who have not only purchased "Support the Blue" merchandise from him to help raise money for the families of the fallen deputies, but also by the police officers, firefighters and EMS workers who have purchased merchandise and stayed to share stories and vent about the shootings, the first time Sheriff's Office deputies have been murdered in Harford County since 1899.

"It's been incredible," said McClure, a native of Havre de Grace and co-owner of Baltimore County-based East Coast Sportswear. "It took this horrible tragedy to bring this whole county, and this whole nation, together, it seems."

McClure said that more than $20,000 has been raised so far for the surviving relatives, as $5 for every item sold will be donated to the Harford County Deputy Sheriff's Union Benevolent Fund.

Nearly $109,000 has been raised online and through the mail through direct donations to the union's Benevolent Fund as of Tuesday afternoon. People can continue to donate online at https://www.gofundme.com/hcdsubenevolent.

Donations of $21,000 and $18,754 have been made to the families of DFC Logsdon and Senior Deputy Dailey at their respective online funds, www.gofundme.com/rtbbkpkk and www.gofundme.com/c3cbd6d8.

Fred Visnaw, president of the Deputy Sheriff's Union, has been having multiple meetings with local business operators who want to hold fundraising events. He met Monday with the owners and operators of Looney's and the Bel Air Police Department to coordinate an April 10 benefit concert at Looney's.

"Every penny that comes in the door goes to the [Benevolent] Fund," Visnaw said. "They're expecting it to be massive, and it's going to be wonderful."

A memorial golf tournament is scheduled for May 26 at Mountain Branch Golf Course in Joppa. Visnaw noted DFC Logsdon, a golf enthusiast, was a key person in helping him organize prior golf tournaments to raise money for the Benevolent Fund.

"It's something Mark was passionate about," Visnaw said. "He really enjoyed working on the golf tournaments."

The fund is set up to support police, firefighters and EMS workers, or their immediate family members, when those first responders are injured or killed in the line of duty.

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"We've helped many people over the years," Visnaw said.

He said the money that has come into the Benevolent Fund since the shootings will be reserved for the Logsdon and Dailey families until union officials decide to stop collecting for them.

More fundraisers will then be needed to raise money for future needs.

Restaurants such as Burger King, Subway and Chili's have been holding benefits recently, and more are scheduled.

510 Johnnys in Bel Air will host a day-long music festival March 20. The Applebees restaurants in Bel Air and Aberdeen will be the scenes of celebrations of the lives of the fallen deputies March 20 and 21, respectively.

Other businesses such as Wawa and Redner's Warehouse Markets have been raising money through in-store customer donations.

Wawa collected more than $30,000 in donations at nine stores in Harford over 10 days, Lori Bruce, public relations manager for Wawa, wrote in an email. Wawa has donated $10,000, for a total of more than $40,000 that will be "distributed to the family members of these two fallen heroes," Bruce wrote.

People continue to donate at the local Redner's, a manager said.

Redner's donated 5 percent of its proceeds from all items sold Feb. 23 at its Hickory and Joppatowne stores, and customers can purchase donation cards at both stores for $1 each through March 13 to support the Benevolent Fund.

"Some of these people are saying, 'Ring me up for 20, ring me up for 25,'" Chuck Link, director of the Hickory store, said Monday. "The amount of generosity is just overwhelming."

Shoreline Emergency Vehicle Graphics, of Bel Air South, has raised more than $17,000 by offering blue decals for vehicles in exchange for donations to the Benevolent Fund.

Two #backtheblue fundraisers have been held since the shootings, and a third is scheduled for March 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Susquehanna Hose Company House 1 in Havre de Grace. The firehouse is at 451 N. Juniata St.

"We're hoping to reach $30,000," Shoreline employee Heather Forrester said Monday.

People can also visit Shoreline at 2210 Old Emmorton Road to purchase an "end of watch" decal that bears the names of Senior Deputy Dailey, DFC Logsdon, their badge numbers and their date of death, Feb. 10.

McClure, of East Coast Sportswear, has been selling merchandise such as hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts and decals with designs expressing support for police, first through Looney's Pub in Bel Air and since Saturday, in a donated storefront in the Boulevard at Box Hill shopping center in Abingdon.

The space was donated by Ward Properties, the master developer of the shopping center. He has also received signs and banners donated by Allsigns and Full House Marketing & Print, both of Bel Air. Ward Properties also donated $10,000 to the Sheriff's Office.

Box Hill was the scene of the Feb. 10 shootings of Senior Deputy Dailey, who was shot by suspect David Evans in the Panera Bread restaurant, and of DFC Logsdon, who was shot in a confrontation with Evans in the parking lot of the nearby Park View senior apartments.

Evans was killed by return fire from fellow police officers. The injured deputies were pronounced dead when they arrived at area hospitals.

McClure will be operating in a space next to the Wegman's supermarket for the next month. The store is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Customers can suggest designs and the apparel can be customized with designs approved by the Sheriff's Office.

"We try to limit it to a couple of nice designs people can choose," McClure said. "They seem to love them."

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