‘Backing The Blue’ event honors life of fallen officer DFC Glenn Hilliard
SALISBURY, Md. – “And to have that wound from last year ripped wide open again, we’re still in shock,” President of FOP Lodge #111 Corp. Scott Hamilton said.
To start healing that wound, wheels turned into Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #111 for the Backing The Blue event honoring Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard Sunday afternoon. “These events like this to support Glenn and his family are therapeutic and this is what we want to do. We want to be able to engage with our community and come together,” Hamilton said.
“The morning after the incident my phone started exploding and it hasn’t stopped since. Endless support from not only this community, but the entire region,” Operation We Are Founder Jeff Merritt said.
The event was a collaborated effort, with Operation We Care and FOP Lodge #111 partnering with The Blue Line Network to host its 9th event to honor fallen officers and bring support to their families.
Cars wrapped around the block awaiting a blue line or badge decal to be placed in their back window as a tribute to the fallen officer. “I’m so proud to be a member of this community. Every time something happens, everybody just steps up and says ‘what do you need and how can I help?’,” Merritt said. “This needs to not end tomorrow or next week or next month, the support needs to keep coming.”
Along with that blue line, those we spoke with say that they also carry with them memories that will last a lifetime. “I had a great time at work with him all the time when we had the opportunity to be together. Always joking, always in a great mood, and always made me feel better about myself,” Hamilton said.
Gerrie Wiersberg is the wife of Captain Rich Wiersberg with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.
She tells 47ABC the community support they received while healing from their own son’s passing, who severed the same blue line, is why she’s returning the love back to the Hilliard’s. “Glenn’s smile. Just his smile, his laugh, his love of life, his love of his fellow officers. He’s just an amazing man and continues to be,” Wiersberg said. “While they’re in heaven protecting us all, we’re down here and we’re going to hold the line for them.”
100% of proceeds from Sunday’s event will be donated to the DFC Hilliard Fund to continue to support his family.