Funeral Arrangements Finalized for Deputy Sheriff

Investigation into Cause of Fatal Accident Continues

(Bel Air, MD – November 29, 2006) — Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Deputy First Class William H. Beebe, Jr. of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. DFC Beebe died in the line-of-duty early yesterday morning while responding to assist other deputies on a call for an attempted suicide. DFC Beebe was 28 years old.

The public may pay their respects to DFC Beebe and his family at the McComas Funeral Home located at 1317 Cokesbury Road in Abingdon on Thursday, November 30, 2006. DFC Beebe will be laid to rest on Friday, December 1, 2006 at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium. The arrangements are as follows:

Viewing:November 30, 2006
McComas Funeral Home
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Service:December 1, 2006
St. Ignatius Church
Hickory, Maryland
11:00 a.m.
Burial:December 1, 2006
Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens
Timonium, Maryland
Immediately following the memorial service at St. Ignatius Church

Due to the large number of law enforcement officers, public safety officials and the general public expected to attend the funeral, traffic congestion is expected in the Forest Hill and Hickory area of Harford County, as well as the procession rout of the funeral detail from Bel Air to Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

DFC Beebe was the first Harford County Deputy Sheriff to die in the line-of-duty since June 1899, when Deputy Sheriff Frank Bateman was slain while trying to arrest a drunk and disorderly suspect identified as John Hays.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the “Jesse Kolb College Fund” c/o Freedom Federal Credit Union, 2019 Emmorton Road Bel Air, Maryland 21015.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit continues to investigate the circumstances and probable cause for the accident which claimed DFC Beebe’s life. The investigation may take several weeks.