Gov. Larry Hogan signed bills sponsored by Harford County legislators to dedicate a section of Route 924 as "Heroes Highway" in honor of two fallen Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies Thursday.
The House of Delegates version of the legislation, House Bill 1624, sponsored by Republican Del. Teresa Reilly, of Whiteford, and the Senate version, Senate Bill 1104, were signed during a ceremony at the State House in Annapolis late Thursday morning.
"It was a real honor being there today, among our own Harford sheriff [Jeffrey Gahler] and many of the deputies," said Reilly, who attended the signing.
She said representatives of other law enforcement agencies were present, along with relatives of the slain deputies, Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon. The deputies were shot and killed in the line of duty Feb. 10.
"We all stood behind the governor and witnessed him signing Heroes Highway into law," Reilly said.
The Senate version is sponsored by Harford's three Republican senators, Sens. Wayne Norman, Robert Cassilly and J.B. Jennings.
The bills received unanimous backing in both houses of the legislature; in a rare occurrence, every delegate and every senator signed on as co-sponsors of the bill introduced in their house.
"It was nice that the governor signed both the House version and the Senate version, since Sen. Norman and myself were able to get all of the signatures on the bill," Reilly said.
Hogan said he was "proud to sign" the legislation, among 144 bills he signed Thursday with Maryland Senate President Thomas Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch, who are both Democrats.
The beginning of the ceremony was recorded on video and posted on Hogan's Facebook page.
"I want to thank everyone in the legislature for all of their hard work," the governor said.
Route 924 is a state-maintained highway. The portion between the interchange with Route 24 and the intersection with Singer Road will be dedicated as Heroes Highway in honor of Senior Deputy Dailey and DFC Logsdon.
The governor said the legislation is meant "to honor their incredible legacy and sacrifice of these two brave heroes."
"Let's give them a big round of applause," Hogan said to the audience, which applauded loudly.
Senior Deputy Dailey was shot in the Panera Bread restaurant in the Boulevard at Box Hill shopping center, and DFC Logsdon was shot in the parking lot of a nearby senior citizen apartment complex by the suspect who first shot Senior Deputy Dailey.
The section of Route 924 being dedicated runs past the shopping center.
Reilly said state officials are considering holding a dedication ceremony in early July, but a date has not yet been confirmed.
"I'm sure everyone is looking forward to the day we go out and dedicate the road in Dailey and Logsdon's honor," she said.
A timeline for a dedication has yet been set, according to Charlie Gischlar, a spokesperson for the State Highway Administration.
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The section of Route 924 will be dedicated as Heroes Highway, with a sign bearing the names of the fallen deputies, but it will still be called Emmorton Road, Gischlar wrote in an email Thursday.