The Aberdeen IronBirds will pay tribute all season to fallen Harford County Sheriff's deputies killed in the line of duty.
Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon were shot and killed by the same man on February 10.
The IronBirds will wear jerseys embroidered with a specialized patch as a season-long dedication to all law enforcement.
The patches feature a gray American flag with a blue stripe through the middle and are included on all four sets of uniforms worn by the team at both home and away games.
The badge numbers of the two fallen deputies will be painted on the field at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium and displayed throughout the entire season.
“This is a powerful opportunity to honor and pay tribute to the local deputies who gave their lives while serving the citizens of Harford County,” said Glenn Valis, senior vice president of Ripken Baseball in a statement.
“As a former law enforcement officer, and father of two who currently serve, it is incredibly important that we continue to honor only those who have passed in the line of duty, as well as those who continue to keep our communities safe every day, locally and throughout the country.”
A pre-game dedication ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 22, the IronBirds' opening night. There will be a moment of silence and recognition of the two reserved seats that will be empty in honor of Senior Deputy Dailey and Deputy First Class Logsdon. The family members of the fallen deputies will also be in attendance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
“Ever since the stadium first opened, and the IronBirds moved to Aberdeen, they have been a constant contributor and supporter of the communities here in Harford County. This outward showing of support and dedication to the members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and recognizing the sacrifice made by Pat and Mark, is truly inspiring and a testament to the character of the IronBirds organization,” added Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler.
Later in the season, the IronBirds designated a Harford County Sheriff's Office Appreciate Night. All Harford County deputies are invited to attend the game and be recognized.
The IronBirds home opener is Wednesday, June 22 at 7:05 p.m. against the Auburn Doubledays.