Multiple agencies and community organizations stepping up to support DFC Hilliard and his family


DELMARVA – A year ago, the Delmar community tragically lost Cpl. Keith Heacook while in the line of duty, which shook the entire region. A year later, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s office is experiencing the same thing, but the community is ready to support it.

Last year, the Delaware State Police Honor Guard Unit was asked to step in to help with arrangements for Cpl. Heacook. From the transfer of his body from Baltimore, to back home in Delmar, and his memorable funeral.

Now, with the recent tragic passing of Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard, the Delmarva community as well as the Delaware Honor Guard is stepping up again to give Hilliard the most honorable goodbye. “We’ll start doing some site assessments and trying to make sure that we at the end of the day offer Deputy first-class Hilliard’s family the best possible ceremonial services we can,” says Jason Sapp, a Captain with Delaware State Police and Commander of the Honor Guard Unit. He adds, “When you have multiple agencies come together and offer their very best people to this effort, we will get the best possible outcome we can with the overarching goal of honoring him, his service, and his sacrifice.”

While multiple agencies are preparing for DFC Hilliard’s funeral, other community organizations are also pitching in to make sure his family is taken care of.
Saturday, June 25th from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be a BBG and Beer fundraiser for the benefit of the tunnel to towers foundation as well as the Delaware State Police Honor Guard Unit.

Brian Brubaker, event organizer tells us, that the ‘Tunnel to Towers Foundation’ and the honor guard unit have the same goals of helping families of fallen heroes. “So to have this awful tragedy happen again so soon is a reminder to the community why the law enforcement honor guard units are so important,” says Brubaker. He adds, “Deputy first-class Hilliard left behind a wife and three children, this is a family that their father and husband are not going to be coming back home so we need to make sure that he’s never forgotten and he won’t be forgotten because we will make sure of that.”

Organizers say they truly just want to show their support in any way possible to help the agencies directly affected and especially Hilliard’s family.

Tuesday, June 21st, DFC Hilliard’s funeral will be at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury, with visitation hours from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the service starting at noon.

The BBQ and Beer fundraiser will be at the Delaware state troopers association hall in Dover, you can buy tickets online by clicking here.

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