John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, will be the keynote speaker for the 2012 Fallen Heroes Day ceremony, scheduled to take place Friday, May 4, 1 p.m. at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium.
The ceremony will honor Maryland Trooper First Class Shaft Hunter, who died in the line of duty on May 21, 2011, when his patrol car collided with the back of a parked tractor-trailer on the shoulder of Interstate-95.
Hunter, a former Marine Corps Captain, was the father of six. He is buried at the Fallen Heroes Memorial at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
Speakers for Friday's event, in addition to Harbaugh, include Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
In addition, each year a Governor's Proclamation declaring Fallen Heroes Day in Maryland is presented to the families of past fallen heroes representing both the law enforcement and firefighting communities, on behalf of all Maryland Fallen Hero survivors.
This year's ceremony will honor Firefighter Thomas Graves Jr. of the Prince George's CountyFire Department, who died on April 16, 1980, in a natural gas explosion; and Officer George N. Ramsburg of the Maryland Aviation Administration Police Department (now called the Maryland Transportation Authority Police) who died on Feb. 22, 1974 in an attempted plane hijacking at BWI.
For more information, call 410-666-0490 or go to http://www.dulaneyvalley.com.