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Maryland flag lowered to half-staff to commemorate Fallen Heroes Day, ceremony to be held Friday afternoon

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


2022-2023 Maryland Fallen Heroes

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