In a ceremony at Patriot Plaza in Towson on Friday, friends, family, police and Baltimore County officials honored eight police officers who died while serving residents.
Eight officers have died either in the line of duty or while doing security work since 1969, according to a county police press release. The release also described the acts of the fallen officers:
- Officer Edward Kuznar: On Dec. 9, 1969, Kuznar died as a result of a traffic accident. While on traffic patrol near Kingsville, Kuznar was hit, head on, by a driver who crossed the center line and plowed into his police car—killing both the officer and the driver.
- Officer Charles Huckeba: Huckeba was gunned down on July 6, 1977 in Precinct 1/Wilkens while police tried to talk an armed, drug-abusing, barricaded youth into surrendering. Officer John Stem was also injured during this incident. Stem succumbed to his injuries years later, on October 19, 2000.
- Corporal Samuel Snyder: In Aug. of 1983, Snyder, a 30-year veteran of the department, was shot by a deranged subject while responding to a call for assistance from fellow officers in Towson. Snyder died on August 23, 1983 as a result of his wounds.
- Officer Robert Zimmerman: On Nov. 5, 1986, Zimmerman was on foot patrol on Edmondson Avenue when he was struck by traffic and critically injured. The 41-year-old officer died nine days later, on November 14, 1986, as a result of his injuries.
- Sergeant Bruce Prothero: On Feb. 7, 2000, Prothero was shot and killed during anarmed robbery on Reisterstown Road. Four men robbed the jewelry store where Prothero, a married father of five, was working part time as a security guard. When Sergeant Prothero followed the robbers out of the store, he was shot. He died an hour later at a local hospital.
- Officer John Stem: Stem died on Oct. 19, 2000 of complications of paraplegia caused by a line-of-duty gunshot wound he suffered in July 1977. Officer Charles Huckeba was fatally wounded during the same incident in the Precinct 1/Wilkens area. At the time, police were trying to subdue a highly agitated, armed, 19-year-old man who was barricaded in his family’s home.
- Sergeant Mark Parry: Parry died on Jan. 21, 2002 from injuries sustained in a motorvehicle accident. On Dec. 27, 2001, Sergeant Parry was on routine patrol in Towson when a drunk driver struck his unmarked police car. The driver fled thescene and was arrested a short distance away.
- Lieutenant Michael Howe: Howe died on Aug. 11, 2008 as a result of a massive stroke. On August 10, 2008, Lieutenant Howe was with his unit at the scene of a murder-suicide in Precinct 4/Pikesville. When he returned home after that incident, he collapsed. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died the next afternoon.