Panera to donate to fallen deputies' families

Posted at 5:58 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 17:31:04-05

The Panera Bread where two Harford County deputies were shot and killed in the line of duty last month will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the deputies' families this weekend.

Sales made between March 11 and March 13 will go to the families of Sr. Deputy Pat Dailey and Deputy 1st Class Mark Logsdon. 

The deputies were killed Feb. 10 at the Panera in the 3400 block of Merchant Boulevard in Abingdon.

For the last 30 days, Harford County Sheriff’s deputies wore mourning bands on their badges, and the flags in the county were flown half staff.

“All of that changed this morning, the badge shrouds came off, the flags are back up but the pain is as sharp as it was yesterday and we’re going to all carry it in our hearts forever for sure,” said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler.

February 10, 2016 was the day that changed the department. Two deputies killed in the line of service, one right inside the Panera Bread.

A month later it still brings back painful memories for people in the community.

“It’s a busy area, people are going to ride by and always remember,” said John Robinson, a Panera customer.

However, this weekend the restaurant is working to move past the tragedy. Friday through Sunday, 100 percent of their sales will be donated to the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union Benevolent Fund to benefit the families of Senior Deputy Pat Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon.

“What we really want is for them not to want for anything else and we want them to have a financially sound future and the way Harford County has stepped forward through donations that part is going to be covered for them,” said Sheriff Gahler.

The fundraiser is just one of many and another show of support by a county that’s demonstrated its love and appreciation for the men and women that protect their community.

“We had to come. Being in the EMS community, my sister and I have been for over 12 years now, it’s just one of the things you do, you just come and support,” said Sharon Zachry, a fundraiser participant.

“I’m not surprised at all that Panera did this and that the county is going to come out and support it 100 percent, because that’s what we do, we take care of each other,” said Sabrina Gibson, another Panera Bread customer supporting the fundraiser.

There will also be a concert at The John Carroll High School on Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. featuring the Bay Country Gentleman and Zumbathon on Saturday, April 2 5-8 p.m. at The Ward Y in Abingdon, at both events proceeds will be donated to the families of the fallen deputies.

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