BALTIMORE, MD—Governor Wes Moore has ordered the Maryland flag lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Friday, May 5, 2023.
The flag is being lowered to commemorate Fallen Heroes Day.
This day honors Maryland police, firefighters, and emergency medical/rescue personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty during the past year.
A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens to honor the following Maryland fallen heroes:
- Corrections Officer Gregory G. Collins, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
- Captain David A. Insley, Jr., Salisbury Fire Department
- Chief James P. Seavey, Sr., Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department
- Lieutenant Brad A. Scott, Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services
- Corporal Gregory J. Bednarek, Maryland Transportation Authority Police
- President Milton A. “Butch” Bloom III, Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Company 09
- Deputy First Class Kenneth C. Olander, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, MD – Integrity Driven • Community Built
- Deputy First Class Glenn R. Hilliard, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office
- Deputy Fire Chief Charles M. “Trey” Kelso, III, Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department
- Fire Chief Neil A. Payne, Stockton Vol. Fire Company
- EMT/Firefighter Juan M. Wilson, Baltimore City Fire Department
A moment of silence will also be held for the following first responders:
- Deputy Sheriff Lorin M. Readmond, Loving County Sherriff’s Office, Texas
- Assistant Fire Chief Zachary Paris, Community Fire Company of New Tripoli, Pennsylvania New Tripoli Fire Company
A Governor’s Proclamation will be presented to the families of the following fallen heroes:
- Lt. John T. Killian, Jr., Baltimore City Fire Department, March 10, 1985
- Lt. Colonel Harry L. George, Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Natural Resources Police, October 24, 1978