"It just brought tears to my eyes, and I stood still for a moment," said Kim Edge, the general manager for Birroteca Bel Air where a fundraiser was held Thursday evening for the fallen officers.
"Anger, disbelief, denial. You don't know how to process it or how to feel about it," said Richard Cummer, a life member of the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company.
Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon both succumbed to their injuries after being fatally shot Wednesday.
Dailey was a 30-year veteran of the force, former U.S. Marine and lifetime member of the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company.
Cummer worked alongside Dailey and described him as a family man. "He was a good guy, and this whole thing hit us pretty hard," he said.
He added that Dailey's commitment was to the community and his service for the Sheriff's Office and fire station went hand-in-hand.
"It's in the blood, it gets to be just something that you do," Cummers said.
Dailey leaves behind his girlfriend, mother, and two sons, who also worked at the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company.
Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon was a 16-year member of the sheriff's office and an Army veteran. He served in the community services division. He is survived by his wife, three children, and his parents.
Residents paid tribute to the deputies in memorials around Harford County, and many veterans and law enforcement officers honored both men for their service to the county and their country.
"Even the slightest little sign of appreciation means everything, so I figured it was just my obligation, my duty to come here and leave some token of appreciation. It's my duty," said Shawn Saez, a veteran and Harford County resident who left a flag, and saluted the memorial outside the Panera Bread where one of the deputies was shot inside.
"It's absolutely devastating for the people who wear this uniform, there are no words," said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler.