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Memorial To Maryland Public Servants Dedicated

Those killed in line of duty honored

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The dedication ceremony for the memorial to Maryland public servants who died in the line of duty in Gaithersburg, Md.
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The dedication ceremony for the memorial to Maryland public servants who died in the line of duty in Gaithersburg, Md.

Public safety officers in who died in the line of duty in Maryland were remembered today in Gaithersburg with the dedication of a memorial.

It consists of five slabs of granite positioned like a star, with each stone representing the five public safety agencies in the county: fire and rescue, police, park police, sheriff, and corrections. The names of those who died are engraved on the stone of the agency for which they worked.

"Each name etched upon this memorial represents heroic service, and it also represents a family's sacrifice," says Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger.

Fran Daly spoke for the families whose loved ones names are on those stones. Her husband, police captain James Daly, was shot to death in 1976.

"It should always be in our thoughts that some of them were not at a birth of a child, were not there to walk their daughter down the aisle at her wedding, and in my case, Captain Daly did not live to spend his retirement sitting on the beach in Rehoboth, Delaware," said Daly.

The project — honoring 29 men and one woman — took ten years of fundraising, design and construction efforts.

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