Saturday is the second anniversary of the line-of-duty shooting deaths of Harford County Sheriff’s Office Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon.
They were shot to death in Abingdon on Feb. 10, 2016, Senior Deputy Dailey inside the Panera Bread, where he had gone to investigate a call for a suspicious man who had been hanging out inside the restaurant. The shooter, David Brian Evans, then fled to a nearby parking lot, where he shot Deputy First Class Logsdon, who was among the first officers to respond to the shooting of his fellow officer. Evans was then shot to death by other officers as he sat in his car in the parking lot of an assisted living facility.
To say Harford County had not previously experienced anything like the Dailey-Logsdon shootings might be considered hyperbole to some. The only thing that came close occurred in Havre de Grace in 1986 when a bridge patrol officer was shot to death and a city police officer was critically wounded by Frank Green, a parole violator from out-of-state, who was the focus of an overnight manhunt through the streets of Havre de Grace. The Sheriff’s Office, which has been the primary law enforcement agency in Harford County since the county’s founding in 1774, had only one prior murder of a deputy in the line of duty – in 1899.
The outpouring of grief following the Dailey-Logsdon murders certainly was unprecedented for the county’s residents, as was the widespread expressions of support for law enforcement and the two victims’ families. Much of the goodwill that mushroomed in the wake of the tragedy remains two years later, which is commendable.
This has been a difficult week for the immediate survivors, such as Deputy First Class Logsdon’s wife, Jennifer, and Senior Deputy Dailey’s fiancee, Aimee Grebe. Both told our staff member Erika Butler that they have formed a close bond in the past two years and would be doing things together to remember their fallen heroes.
Harford County government is planning a simple memorial today in downtown Bel Air, where at noon a moment of silence will be observed outside the main county office building. County Executive Barry Glassman and Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler are expected to attend. Glassman also ordered that flags be flown at half-staff this weekend in honor of the slain deputies.
No act of remembrance, small or large, will bring back either man, but stopping to honor them, if only for a moment, should remind us all of their sacrifices and the dangers every officer of the law faces each day to serve and protect our citizens. While no police officer is ever truly safe, we wouldn’t be either were it not for their dedication.
How Senior Deputy Dailey and Deputy First Class Logsdon are remembered isn't important, just so long as they are remembered.