by Lisa Tome
Friday's third annual Police Appreciation Breakfast was so successful that there will be a spin off.
Police commissioner Augie Pierson announced that a similar event will be held to honor firefighters and EMS providers later this year.
Pierson made the announcement during Friday's breakfast for police.
While Captain Wayne Young is protecting and serving in Havre de Grace, the local police are watching over his family in Rising Sun.
Young, an officer in Harford County, attended the third annual Police Appreciation Breakfast held Friday at Rising Sun Town Hall.
"I live in Rising Sun and I'm here to support them. They (RSPD) are taking care of my family while I'm working. This (breakfast) is a great way to recognize law enforcement," said Captain Young.
Even those who are gone, weren't forgotten.
Harford Sheriff's Deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon were killed in the line of duty February 10, 2016. They were remembered at the breakfast. Their photos were posted on easels in town hall.
The first breakfast three years ago, was prepared by former Rising Sun police commissioner Jennifer Scully, her husband Tom, and their family. Now, things are different.
"I had less to do this year because of all the volunteers. More volunteers help every year," said Scully.
New police commissioner Augie Pierson and his family handled the breakfast meats this year. Pierson got up at 4 a.m. and cooked 15 pounds of bacon. He also cooked a lot of other meats.
His son Josh also works in the public safety field, as a firefighter and EMS provider. "Dad made me help. But it's good this is public safety and we're all a family. Whatever I can do to help, I'll do," said Josh Pierson.
Josh Pierson will be on the receiving end a few months from now. Augie Pierson, who is a retired Baltimore firefighter, said that Rising Sun will host an appreciation breakfast for firefighters and EMS in October. But Augie Pierson made a joke in reference to the friendly rivalry between police and firefighters. "If these guys scored higher on the test, they could have been firemen," laughed Pierson.
Judge Will Davis signed on as a volunteer. He greeted officers as they came in. "I uphold the law but they (police) are the first line of defense," said Judge Davis.
Jessica Gallatin brought her five-year-old son Gavin Johnson to the breakfast. Johnson presented Chief Chip Peterson with a photo of the town's officers. Johnson then happily sat with officers and ate. "He just loves the police," said Gallatin.
North East police officer Jim Just attended. "It's wonderful to see this support for law enforcement. And this food is delicious," said Just.
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