ABINGDON, Md. (WJZ) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office remembered two of their fallen Wednesday with a memorial blood drive.
Five years ago, Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon were killed in the line of duty while responding to a call at a Panera in Abingdon.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Soggy But Mild Weekend In Store
It took strength for Logsdon’s widow, Jenn, and Dailey’s fiancee, Aimee Chandler, to address the crowd gathered to honor the men they love.
“That day took its toll on all of us, and although we are healing, we will never be the same,” Logsdon said.
Today we remember Sr. Dep. Patrick Dailey & DFC Mark Logsdon, killed in the line of duty this day 5 years ago. Our Agency flag will fly over the Boulevard at Boxhill until sunset tonight in their memory. We will never forget their sacrifice. #HarfordStrong pic.twitter.com/UYHB3ZqemN
— Harford Sheriff (@Harford_Sheriff) February 10, 2021
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The deputies responded to a report on February 10, 2016, for a report of a homeless man acting strangely inside a Panera Bread in Abingdon.
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Dailey, a 30-year-veteran of the force, arrived and when he went inside the restaurant to investigate, 68-year-old David Evans shot the deputy in the head.
Evans then fled the restaurant, shooting another responding deputy, 16-year-veteran Logsdon, outside. Evans was then shot and killed by other deputies responding to the scene.
The horror unfolded in the packed restaurant just before noon.
“We grieve with them, we remember our heroes with them,” Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said.
“We do not see the world the same after experiencing such a great loss, but I’m confident we can see the world as a better place after having them in it,” Chandler said.MORE NEWS: Baltimore Mayor, Gov. Hogan Clash Over Available COVID Vaccine Doses For City Residents
Last year, their lives were also honored with a blood drive.