“Ground Zero” Comes to Baltimore for Cop Funerals

Sunday, October 24, 2010
Anne Kramer

Two Baltimore City Police officers will be laid to rest this week.

A special flag will make the journey from New York City to Baltimore on Tuesday to honor the three Baltimore officers who died this month in Baltimore.

Funeral services will be held on Monday for Detective Brian Stevenson. Police say he was killed during a fight over a parking space in Canton two weeks ago. A man is being held in his murder.

Then on Wednesday, police will say goodbye to Officer Tommy Portz. He was killed last week in a traffic accident.

Several weeks ago Officer James Fowler was laid to rest after he died in a car accident on his way to a training exercise.

The United States Honor Flag, which flew at Ground Zero during the recovery effort will be brought to Baltimore to honor the officers.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the organization that maintains the flag contacted the department and said they would like to honor the officers.

He says the flag travels the country to various police departments that have lost officers.

Guglielmi says it will be extra touching for the family of Officer Portz who is from New York City.

Police agencies like the State Police and Maryland Transportation Authority Police will help with investigations in Baltimore during the viewings and two funerals this week.

Guglielmi says officers in the city who normally work in the administrative unit will also be taking shifts and patrols to allow those close to the two men who died time to mourn their loss.

He also expects a large showing of police officers from around the nation to show their respect by coming to Baltimore for the funerals.


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