5-1-12: Remembering Trooper Shaft Hunter
Friday is Fallen Heroes Day in Maryland. A ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium will honor the police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers who’ve been killed in the line of duty in Maryland.
This year, that is one: State Trooper 1st Class Shaft S. Hunter, killed last May while patrolling Interstate 95. His cruiser hit a tractor-trailer that was parked near the Laurel rest area. Witnesses told police Trooper Hunter had been pursuing a speeding motorcyclist.
Trooper Hunter was 4 months shy of turning 40. He’d been in the state police 11 years, after six years in the Marine Corps, where he rose to Captain. He was the dad to six children, aged 5 to 20. Rose Hunter, his former wife and friend, is starting a scholarship fund for his six children. Donations can be made at any M&T Bank in Maryland, and should be made payable to the Hunter Children’s Scholarship Fund.
Sheilah talks about Trooper Hunter’s life and work is his mother, Princella Hunter.
The Fallen Heroes Ceremony is open to the public — you can learn more about the services at Dulaney Valley on their website.
Also, next week is National Police Week, which includes the Police Unity Tour – people riding bikes from all over the country to Washington, DC. The newly formed chapter IX is riding in honor of Trooper Hunter. Money raised will go towards the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum.