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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