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Sheriff Awards Slain Deputies With Medals Of Honor

February 19th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The Harford County sheriff's deputies killed in the line of duty earlier this month have been honored with Medals of Honor.

A viewing for Mark Logsdon, a 16-year veteran of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, started at 2 p.m. Thursday and will go until 9 p.m. at Mountain Christian Church. A viewing will also be held Friday from 2-9 p.m.

Logsdon was fatally shot by 68-year-old Brian Evans, who first opened fire on another deputy, Patrick Dailey, a 30-year Sheriff's Office veteran, inside a Panera Bread restaurant in Abingdon on Feb. 10. Logsdon came into contact with Evans minutes later in a parking lot nearby and was fatally shot. Responding deputies killed the gunman.

Logsdon, 43, was assigned to the Community Services Division. He is survived by his wife, three children and his parents. And he has left behind a grieving community, including the pastor of Mountain Christian Church, who was the Logsdon's neighbor in Fallston.

"Everybody who talks about Mark says he didn't let the little things bring him down. He kept things in perspective. He was a happy-go-lucky, seat-of-your-pants kind of guy. He embraced life. He loved a laugh. So he would say, 'Keep it light, folks. Life's too short.'" said Ben Cachiaras, senior pastor at Mountain Christian Church.

Sheriff Jeff Gahler told 11 News Thursday that while Logsdon appreciated the promotion to senior deputy, he was most proud to be called deputy first class.

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