A section of route 924 in Harford County is now known as “Heroes Highway.”
The one-mile stretch of Emmorton Road near The Boulevard at Box Hill shopping center was dedicated in honor of fallen Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon.
“They stood up against the worst this world can throw at us,” said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler.
On February 10, 2016, Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey was shot inside the Panera Bread in Abingdon after responding to a call for a suspicious man. Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon was shot by the same suspect in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex. Both were killed in the line of duty. The suspect was shot to death by other deputies.
“We do this with the knowledge that the lives of Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon and Senior Deputy Pat Dailey are not only marked by the last call they answered, but by a lifetime's worth of service to their community, to their state, and to their country,” said Governor Larry Hogan who signed the Heroes Highway bill into law this year.
The signs on both sides of the highway will always serve as a reminder of the two men who gave their lives to make Harford County safer.
“I hope today, next week, 10 years, 20 years from now, 30 years from now, as people drive up and down the road, they don’t forget,” said Sheriff Gahler.
State Senator Wayne Norman along with the Harford County legislation introduced the bill in the General Assembly.
“I really, truly and formally believe that 200 years from now people will know how this little stretch of highway in this little spot of Harford County got its name,” Norman said.
The road dedication process typically takes a lot longer, but the bill, even though it was introduced late in the session, sailed through the legislature. It was approved unanimously by both houses.
“In Annapolis, as you well know, there’s not much that gets done, hardly anything ever gets done that is completely unanimous on both sides. And this bill out of respect to our officer’s, out of respect to our losses, sailed through both the House and Senate and the Governor was more than happy to sign it,” said Sheriff Gahler.
— Paul Jaffey (@PaulFromABC2) July 6, 2016