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Harford sheriff's office mourns the loss of second deputy in a week

The day after a Harford County Sheriff's deputy was buried after dying in the line of duty, another sheriff's deputy has died.

Sgt. Ian Loughran, 43, of Harford County, died of a heart attack sometime after midnight Thursday.

Sgt. Loughran, a 16-year veteran of the sheriff's office, unknowingly began to suffer the symptoms of a heart attack Wednesday during the funeral services for his fellow deputy, Cpl. Charles Licato, who died Sept. 6 in a car accident while on his way home, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

Sgt. Loughran, previously a school resources officer, was most recently assigned to the Police Services Bureau, Patrol Division at the Northern Precinct, according to the release.

He was married and had one child.

"Yesterday I spoke of a new star in the heavens when speaking of Charles Licato, today it seems a second star now joins him," Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane said, referring to his comments at Cpl. Licato's funeral.

Sgt. Loughran's death is considered in the line of duty because it came within 24 hours of a shift. While he wasn't working at Cpl. Licato's funeral, he was attending as a representative of the agency.

Funeral arrangements will be made available on the Harford County Sheriff's Office website,, once confirmed with family members.

Sgt. Loughran was the third active duty law enforcement officer in Harford County to die in the last eight days. Following Licato's death Sept. 6, Aberdeen Police Officer First Class Charles Armetta died Saturday after he fell off an overpass on I-95 in Baltimore City.

Harford County Children's Council honored Sgt. Loughran as a youth leader in 2002 and he was honored by the sheriff's office in 2005 with a unit citation as part of the Court Security Unit.

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