People line Main Street for funeral motorcade

Posted at 4:53 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2019-02-07 16:36:56-05
It started with a pair of ladder trucks holding a large American flag and a smattering of people in front of the Harford County Sheriff's Office headquarters in downtown Bel Air.

"It's just a very sad day, and we're here to honor those who put their lives on the line for us every day,” said Bonnie Bailey, “I feel it's my duty to be here or an honor for me to be able to do this."

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But as the funeral procession for Senior Deputy Patrick Daily approached Main Street, people began filling the sidewalks, shoulder to shoulder.

"We do have a different relationship with our law enforcement... with the sheriff... with the policemen. They are all part of our families,” Christa Egerland said. "Their children play on our children’s baseball, hockey or whatever teams so we know them."

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"I've lived here for 45 years and the community has always come together when tragedies happen," Pat Aylmer said. "They served Harford County and one of them was so young. It's very sad."

And when the fire engine carrying the fallen hero's coffin passed by, there was silence, prayers and tears, along with a tremendous sense of respect for those who have sacrificed everything in the line of duty.

"It's a thankless job,” Ed Joyner said, “You have people come up to you and you don't know what they're going to do like this poor guy. (He) walks into Panera Bread. Boom!  Shot in the head. He'd never have thought of that in a million years that would happen to him, but it did and there are just enough nuts out there that do this kind of stuff that don't appreciate them."

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