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A Final Salute To Harford's Sgt. Ian Loughran

Sgt. Ian Loughran's is the fourth line of duty death in the Harford County Sheriff's Office's history.

Lt. Hugh John Dougherty walked up to the podium at Mountain Christian Church wiped it down with Lysol wipes then asked for the crowd to bear with him while he checked the weather.

Dougherty, a friend and colleague of the fallen Sgt. Ian Loughran of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, explained these things represented some of his friend's "more interesting habits."

Every time Loughran took over a shift he would wipe down the desk, chair and phone, Dougherty said with a chuckle.

While Dougherty acknowledged his friend could be a little obsessive compulsive in that respect, Loughran was also a man of great humor, an avid watcher of the Weather Channel, a lover of camping and a struggling bagpipe player.

"Ian decided the precinct was the best place to practice," Dougherty said, recalling the time Loughran brought back bagpipes from Scotland.

Dougherty said Loughran loved his family and never looked happier than when he was talking about his wife, Tonya, or his 2-year-old son Colin.

Late nights on camping trips, Loughran was known to slip into the darkness while people talked about going to bed and return to toss several more logs on the fire.

"That was his way of telling us he loved us, he didn't want the day to end," Dougherty said.

Dougherty recounted several stories and said that were his friend there, he would tell everyone they are wonderful human beings.

"Ian's death crushes us, it was such a shock, such a loss," Ethan Magness, pastor with Mountain Christian Church, said at the opening of Loughran's funeral Wednesday morning.

Loughran was on duty during the funeral of his colleague, Cpl. Charles Licato, Sept. 12 when he unknowingly experienced heart attack symptoms.

Loughran, 43, died early the next morning at his Pylesville home, the sheriff's office said in a news release that afternoon. Any death within 24 hours of a shift is considered a line-of-duty death, making Loughran's the fourth in the history of the sheriff's office and the second in a week.

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KT September 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I never comment on blogs but the picture of the mother and son in the patch were posted in bad taste. I see the picture was taken down but the patch feels it is unfortunate because the picture " captured the impact of the story" ... how sad that the family had to request it be taken off in order for the patch to do so. How sad that the patch feels it captured the impact of the story with that picture. Does anyone really need a picture of a grieving widow and how narrow minded that the patch felt that the picture captured the impact of the story. The full impact is how many lives he touched and how many our law enforcement touch every day!! simple pictures of how many came to show their respect, how many lined up in full uniform to honor him would have captured it all. The pictures of the men and women in uniform and in great numbers captured the impact of the story. Those are pictures a family would be proud of ! How sad that pictures of a grieving widow in the patches opinion capture the impact of the story. I would have covered a story of people who were impacted by this officer, how he changed someones life, etc.... Thats a story any family would be proud of and one that would have captured the full impact! perhaps even helped this family a little in their time of loss.
Skeet September 20, 2012 at 02:37 PM
You know what I think the patch should remove... I think that patch should remove the comment sections. You guys are wack jobs... There has not been one set of media photo's I have ever seen of a funeral that did not include such a picture you guys/gals are crying about. I hope every single one of you get on MSN, Yahoo, Drudge Report, NY times, and yada yada websites and protest everytime they post the same exact type of pic when the they cover another fallen hereos funeral. Wether be soldier, police or whatever. You guys need to get a life... I am ashamed of my self right now for even getting on here to respond..........
SnakeSkin September 20, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Well said skeet!!! I have no problem with the pics that were posted and to all of the haters of the photos you should realize that by looking at these pics you will understand that we appreciate our fallen heros locally and nationally! GROW THE F UP!!!
SnakeSkin September 20, 2012 at 03:04 PM
By the way Kirsten KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!! YOUR PHOTOS AND JOURNALISM ARE TOP NOTCH!!!
Emily Rozelle September 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Well it's clear that people like " skeet", and "snakeskin" have no heart. I pray that you have better things in life to do than post horrible inappropriate comments on something, and someone you will never know. Ian was a wonderful man who never said anything bad about anybody and in his honor it would be nice if you kept you comments to yourself. Didn't your mother teach you that if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all!!!
Skeet September 20, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Emily, I dont think what you just said to me was very nice. So now what?
Emily Rozelle September 20, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I can do a lot but unfortunately I cannot help that you are finding joy in people's sorry. I didn't mean to offend you, I'm just very sad for a great friend that didn't deserve to go through this. She is a private person, and I need to stand up for her in her time of need, and what's right. Again sorry I don't want to start an argument, I just hope deep down you are thinking of how lucky you are to be alive, and that you still get to enjoy life. I just have tonya's best interest at heart. That's all. And she needs a lot of support right know, as from the pics you can clearly see.
S. W. September 20, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I am very curious why there is such an uproar over these photos vs photos from Cpl. Charles Licato's funeral last week? Saw lots of applauds over the photographs/coverage there (which included family members) however this is somehow different? Why are there threats all over the Patch to remove these, but not on The Baltimore Sun where equally as emotional photographs were posted? I do not mean any disrespect at all, and clearly I do not think the Patch was being disrespectful by including these photos with their story. When I saw these photos last night, they evoked a deep emotional response. I know not the pain his family is suffering, however these photos brought out extreme sadness and sympathy...something I did not feel upon hearing the initial news story. The photos had a deep impact. That's photojournalism. I think Kristen/The Patch did a good job. I don't think that makes me heartless.
SnakeSkin September 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM
First off Emily I said nothing bad about officer loughran!! So stop twisting my comment!! I'm sure he was a fantastic officer and I'm sure his legacy will live on for many years!! I don't think the pictures were inappropriate!!! That's my point!!! S. W. makes a great point!! Read his comment!!!!
Tammy Warner September 20, 2012 at 04:34 PM
The Baltimore Sun removed photographs as requested.
Emily Rozelle September 20, 2012 at 04:36 PM
You might find this hard to believe but this isn't about you. I have wasted enough time discussing this with you. I will not be logging back on to the patch ever again. I will not comment on this ever again. The sun has the same comments. I read his comment. You have me empathy, and it's sad that you can bring people down to your level. Wish I could say tht it was nice meeting you.
Scott Hoffman September 20, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I applaud Sean and the rest of the Patch.com staff for respecting the family's wishes while balancing the scales of ethical journalism/photojournalism. No one is taking pleasure or finding joy in Sgt. Loughran's passing, nor is anyone enjoying photos of Loughran's family mourning. As Sean already mentioned, there's validity to the cliche "A picture's worth a thousand words." Did any of you demanding the pictures be taken down consider that maybe a reader/viewer might see the photos, read the article, and be compelled to make a well-overdue doctor's appointment? Maybe the sorrow illustrated in one of those pictures will save a life. Even if that's not the case, the entire body of work on this story is ethical, tasteful, and professional. I'd like to think that some of you might look back on these comments and realize your reaction may stem not from anger or offense, but rather the raw, powerful emotion the writer intended to convey.
SnakeSkin September 20, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Emily your making no sense!!! This about an officer passing!!! How and when did I make this about me??? You need to grow up and realize that there is something called freedom of speech!! Again I simply am saying that I believe the photos were not inappropriate!! I never said anything bad about the officer, never made it personal to anyone, never thought about only myself. Now that being said im sure with you being a total idiot it's good your not coming back. I guess your going to stop watching the news and everyday life too!! Anyone on here think I'm being selfish?? Or said anything to offend anyone if so let me know.
SnakeSkin September 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Tammy you can go too!
Fed up September 20, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Guess you guys can go over to The Aegis site becue there are a couple pics of the officers wife and child over there.
Fed up September 20, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Bye
Eric bel air September 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM
No disrespect intended to anyone as everyone is entitled to their opinions, but what do you all think of the image here? http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=3140316 or how about this one? http://www.traditioninaction.org/Cultural/images/A048_Kennedy_Funeral.jpg The first link is a picture from a few years ago of then 8 year old Christian Golczynski holding back tears at his father's military funeral while being presented the flag. This image has been seen around the nation and world.
Laura Schenk September 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Wow, such class both of you have to start an argument on a blog, especially considering the circumstances surrounding it. I am not surprised that you think the original pictures posted were appropriate as you clearly have no sense of respect. The people you are calling "wack jobs" are not random people commenting about an article, we are all family, friends, and coworkers of Tonya's sticking up for someone we love dearly and don't want to see hurt unnecessarily. Not to mention the fact that we are all grieving right along with her. I am ashamed FOR you that you "even got on here to respond" because you just made yourself look like a real heartless jerk! I hope that makes you sleep better at night knowing that you spoke your mind to us "wack jobs," you have really accomplished something, good for you!
Laura Schenk September 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I am absolutely disgusted with my community right now. Would have thought that anyone with a sense of humanity would choose not to argue with the wishes of a grieving wife. You need to realize that we are all family, friends, or coworkers of Tonya's and are only sticking up for someone we love dearly, who does not want her most heartbreaking moment on display for everyone to "feel touched by." This is not about you. These moments are very private and she has the right to choose how she will remember them.
Brittany Sturgill September 21, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Snakeskin, I get what your saying about Freedom of speech, however everyone on here has been a concerned friend or family member that's is speaking out Respectfully. There is no need for name calling "whack jobs" and "idiots" You are not respecting all of these people who are actully grieving. The point is some people are offended by the pictures and if the widow is asking for support that's exactly what she deserves. I just would hope if the tables were turned you would want your friends and family to support your decisions to not post pics of you. I don't find the pics offensive but I completely understand the views of everyone who does. It's different when you know someone therefore just respect their wishes! And don't call my friend an idiot it's really rude.
SnakeSkin September 21, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I understand your point Brittany and I have been there. Believe I understand what grieving is and I know what the pictures mean to people but I feel that the only point I was trying to get across was thought of the pictures were. There was no reason for your friend to say the things she said to me. Therefore I retaliated.
Kris Wagoner September 21, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Well said Em!
Kris Wagoner September 21, 2012 at 04:36 AM
You need to STOP right now. This has beome ridiculous. STOP telling people to get a life and grow up. STOP calling names. She as many of us are very sad at the loss of our friend and hurt for his wife who is also our dear friend. Its one thing to post an opinion but its another to just be a nasty jerk.
Terry September 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM
So I'm throwing a wrench into all this. Something to ponder.... If this officer did not die in the line of duty why is his funeral getting the full blown coverage including pictures?
GsMom September 21, 2012 at 02:00 PM
@ Terry, his death was considered line of duty; it was within a 24 hr period of a shift.
Kirsten Dize September 21, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Terry, I would direct you to this portion of the story above: "Loughran was on duty during the funeral of his colleague, Cpl. Charles Licato, Sept. 12 when he unknowingly experienced heart attack symptoms. Loughran, 43, died early the next morning at his Pylesville home, the sheriff's office said in a news release that afternoon. Any death within 24 hours of a shift is considered a line-of-duty death, making Loughran's the fourth in the history of the sheriff's office and the second in a week."
Laura Schenk September 21, 2012 at 05:18 PM
And by both of you in my comment below, I am referring to Skeet and Snakeskin
Laura September 21, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Friends and Family of Tonya, please suggest when she is ready that she checks out www.americanwidowproject.com. While this group is geared towards military widows they are very welcoming and it might be good for Tonya. A number of the woman are mother's of young children as well. I know some of the members of the American Widow Project (AWP) personally including the founder and they are all amazing woman who will do anything to help a fellow widow.
Ruby Claire September 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM
We should put our condolence with her. Its really an embarrassing moment for us human that we are making a photo shoot of someone's death and sorrow http://www.campingtourist.co.uk/
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