- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 4, 2005

Montgomery County leaders and residents yesterday began fundraising efforts to build a memorial for police officers, firefighters and public safety officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

The community hosted a picnic outside the red barns of Smokey Glen Farm on Riffle Ford Road in Gaithersburg to raise money.

The memorial will cost about $250,000. More than $45,000 had been raised before the picnic, and the Montgomery County Council designated about $100,000 for the project.

Near the Montgomery police training grounds in the 9700 block of Great Seneca Highway will be a listing of the names of the 28 public safety officers killed in the line of duty in the past 77 years.

“The memorial will be a place where the community and the families and colleagues of fallen officers can honor the ultimate sacrifice,” said Fire and Rescue Division Chief Richard Bowers.

Engraved on five stone walls will be the names of the officers who worked for Montgomery County Police Department, Fire and Rescue Service, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Sheriff’s Office and the division of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police.

Patrolman Joseph Asbury Case was the first public safety officer to die on the job in 1928, when a motorcycle he was riding crashed into a car. Capt. Joseph Aloysius Mattingly Jr. was the most recent officer to die. His car crashed into a tree in 2003. Capt. Mattingly served on the force for 28 years. Capt. James E. Daly Jr. and Cpl. John M. Frontczak were fatally shot in 1976 when they chased a bank robber into a wooded field behind Montgomery Mall.

Also honored will be 12 fire and rescue officers, a sheriff’s deputy and a Maryland-National Capital Park Police officer.

More than 800 men, women and children had purchased $25 and $15 tickets to the picnic. They feasted on barbecue, played games and listened to live music.

“This is to raise awareness of the need for a memorial and an opportunity to participate in its creation,” said Steve Robins, of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.

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