(Oct. 18, 2013) The Maryland Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) chapter will host its annual Memorial Walk honoring fallen officers Saturday, between 10 a.m. and noon on the beach at 21st Street.
The public is invited to watch as family members on the COPS retreat in Ocean City, as well as members of the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Retirees Association, place a red rose in the sand by a picture of their lost loved ones while a short description is read about how each officer lost his or her life.
The ceremony first took place six years ago in Ocean City.
“We just thought it would be a nice thing to do for our families who are down there for the weekend,” said Sean Kille, a law enforcement liaison officer for COPS and deputy sheriff in Wicomico County.
Between 20 and 25 families attend the ceremony each year, totaling around 80 family members of officers who died in the line of duty in Maryland or who are Maryland residents themselves and have lost an officer, Kille said.
This year, honorees include Ocean City police officers Thomas J. Geoghegan and Joshua D. Adickes, who died in a plane crash off the city’s coast on June 30.
The Ocean City Police Department and Fire Company have joined in the ceremony in recent years, making it “bigger and better,” Kille said. There will be an honor guard at tomorrow’s Memorial Walk.
“Ocean City police has been so supportive of our COPS chapter each year,” he said. “It’s really brought it to a new level.”
Photos of fallen officers will go out about an hour before the ceremony, drawing the attention of passersby, but not blocking the Boardwalk, Kille said.
The public is invited to observe this year’s ceremony at the beach at 21st Street on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon.
To learn more about Maryland COPS, visit www.mdcops.org.