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Bridge Dedication Honors Fallen Deputy Sheriff Lawrence H. McParlin

Former Deputy Sheriff Lawrence McParlin, is the first Charles County Sheriff’s officer known to have been killed in the line of duty.
Deputy Sheriff Lawrence McParlin is the first Charles County Sheriff’s officer known to have been killed in the line of duty.

On Wednesday, May 21 at 1 p.m., a bridge in Mason Springs, Charles County, was dedicated to Deputy Sheriff Lawrence McParlin, the first Charles County Sheriff’s officer known to have been killed in the line of duty. The facts surrounding McParlin’s death and the events leading up to the bridge dedication are the result of tremendous research conducted by Lt. Eddie Godwin of the CCSO.

On May 21, 1918, a short time after becoming a police officer, Deputy Sheriff McParlin and Metropolitan Police Department Officer John Conrad attempted to serve a court summons in Washington, D.C. As they entered the building, the suspect, who was wanted, shot and killed both officers.

The ceremony was held on the 96th anniversary of Deputy Sheriff McParlin’s death. Learn more about Deputy Sheriff McParlin by reading “A History Lesson” available at www.ccso.us/news/2013/05/deputy-sheriff-mcparlin-history-lesson/ .

Community Services Summer GUIDE Available June 4

The Charles County Department of Community Services Summer edition of The GUIDE will be available online Wednesday, June 4 at www.CharlesCountyParks.com. Online registration for most programs is available. The GUIDE contains information on youth camps, sports leagues, aquatic programs, trips, discount tickets, and more. Find out what is available in your area.

For more information on other events and opportunities offered by the Department of Community Services, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CS or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

County Seeks Residents’ Input on Reducing Pollution from Rain Water Runoff

Online survey available until June 9

Charles County is dedicated to keeping our local watersheds and waterways free from runoff pollution to help maintain healthy and productive ecosystems. Residents, businesses, and county government all play a role in creating an environment that is safe and healthy for everyone. The county is seeking input from Charles County residents on ways to reduce the pollution entering waterways from rain water runoff.

Between now and Monday, June 9, Charles County residents are encouraged to take the online survey. Your input is crucial to helping the county create an outreach and education program that makes a significant difference in our communities. Each resident completing the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 VISA® gift card as a thank you for participating.

To take the survey, click here or copy and paste the link into your browser: surveymonkey.com/s/CharlesCountyStormwater (This URL is uniquely tied to the survey. Please do not forward the link.)

Results of the survey will be shared with the public on the county’s website.

For more information, contact Rachel O’Shea at 301-396-5237 or OsheaR [at] CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Commissioners Proclaim May 18-24 as EMS Week in Charles County

On Tuesday, May 13, the County Commissioners presented proclamation #2014-14, designating the week of May 18–24 as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in Charles County. EMS is a vital public service, and EMS teams are ready to provide life-saving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day life-saving services of medicine’s “front line.”

In attendance were Commissioner Vice President Reuben B. Collins, II (District 3); Bill Deer, Charles County Association of EMS, Inc.; John Filer, Charles County Department of Emergency Services; Brent Huber, Charles County Association of EMS, Inc.; Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly; Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1); Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2); William Stephens, Charles County Department of Emergency Services; Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4).

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