An emotional Larry Hogan spoke at the funeral of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey Wednesday, calling him a man who brought honor to the badge every day.
"When a brother is lost, it is felt by every county deputy, every state trooper, every police officer and firefighter across this state and across this nation," Hogan said.
The badge represented not just his job, but his life's calling, said the governor, who did not personally know Dailey.
"As I look out at all of you in uniform.... I understand that each of you selflessly places yourself in harm's way, and you do so willingly and bravely so our community can be a better and safer place," Hogan said.
The governor praised Dailey as a man who spent the greater part of his life serving his community, noting his service with the Marine Corps, Sheriff's Office and Joppa-Magnolia Fire Department.
Those who answer the call to serve in law enforcement know the accolades are often too few, and the risks are great.
"But every day, they put on the badge, every day, they answer the call to serve something far greater than themselves," Hogan said.