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P.G. police honor fallen comrades

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Local,Crime,Aubrey Whelan

Earlier this month, the Prince George's County Police Department came together to honor its fallen heroes: law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in the county.

The county's first Heroes Gala, which took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, drew members from the P.G. Police Department as well as 12 local, state and federal agencies who have lost members in the county.

Twenty-seven fallen officers worked for the P.G. Police Department; 24 came from other agencies.

The black-tie gala drew hundreds to the convention center, where P.G. police unveiled a new flag and hosted its honor guard and pipe band.

The gala came just weeks after P.G. police Officer Adrian Morris was killed in a car crash on I-95 while pursuing a suspect in a purse-snatching on Aug. 20. Morris, 23, had joined the department's Police Explorer program at 16, and more than 1,000 people attended his funeral last month. Police Chief Mark Magaw said at the funeral that the loss had left "a tremendous void" in the department.

awhelan@washingtonexaminer.com

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