O’Malley Honors Fallen Heroes

TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ) –Every day, police and firefighters go to work. But because of the danger they might encounter, their families aren’t certain if they’ll return when their shift is over.

Mike Schuh reports on a special honor for those who lost their lives in the line of duty in the last year.

When what’s left are the memories, ceremony helps to show those left behind that we still care. The tag “hero” may be bestowed too quickly and too often, but not here. For the 26th time, fallen heroes are remembered.

“It is a day when we remember those whose courage called them to do the most important work there is to do in this earth, and that is to protect the lives of others,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

Six families of police and firemen, including the mother of city officer William Torbit, were told thanks from a grateful public. A proclamation, a tribute, and as the wife of Lutherville firefighter Mike Falkenhan can tell you, comfort to be found.

“Today is very important to me and all of my family and the brotherhood of firemen to be here to honor not just Mark, but the police officers, too. They all gave their lives to keep us safe,” said Gladys Falkenhan, widow.

This may help to heal hearts. Yet there are families right now, unaware that in 12 months, the memorial tent will be full once again.

Also announced Friday were college scholarships for those pursuing a career in public safety. They are named after the founder of Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

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  • Wheres common sense when you need it

    Politicians are always there to get the photo opps and talk the talk about how they honor the people who put their lives on the line everyday, but once the cameras stop rolling, they go back to the office and figure out how they can cut the funding for the equipment that is despartly need to save lives and for the salaries and the retirement that these firefighters and police officers work hard for. How two faced is that. people who put their lives on the line deserve every penny plus some. And for all those who don’t think so, remember that when one of these poeple show up to save your *ss one day.

  • Geno

    I want to thank Our Gov. for making me pay more our of my retirement check for all of my health benefits..It is evident that he thinks i make too much money..I would like to see him and his staff live on the retirement money i get from the Sate of Maryland…and yet we have a convicted ex-mayor getting her $80,000 plus a yr. for retirement . Mr O..if would have hired poeple who new what they were doing with the State’s budget?filling their pokets with the State’s budget, i would still have the money you are forcing me to pay extra for my health benefits..I faced hundres/thousands of criminals in my career as a correctional officer for the state of maryland for the 20 years i worked…how many have you had to deal with ???

  • Angela Halcomb

    This is not the place to state your grievances. God Bless all Fallen Heroes for laying down their lives for all of us.

    Surviving Spouse of:
    Officer Jimmy Halcomb
    EOW: April 16, 1976

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