Although it’s a bit late, the BRPBA Board sends their sincerest wishes for everyone to have a safe and healthy 2019. For those who attended our holiday party on December 18th, 2018, we hope you had a great time! The food was sure good and the friendship unbelievable.
As is usual, 2018 brought a year of ups and downs. We lost a lot of very good men and women in 2018, but we also welcomed thirty-nine new members. Life does have a way of going on no matter what.
To recap last year:
- On December 23, 2018, we lost a friend so dear to many of us that, over a month later, we are still reeling from the news. Many called James “Sam” Walters either friend or foe, but no matter what he was to you, he made an impact on your life. How many of us can say the same? This newsletter is dedicated to his memory and as such, you will find many tributes to Sam on the following pages. RIP my friend.
- The 2018 Raffle was, as usual, a success and I want to personally thank everyone who purchased tickets and/or made donations. Six people contacted us for aid last year and without you, they could not have been helped.
- In December, Kathy Conrad put out a request to our members for clothing to benefit the Maryland Center for Veteran’s Education. We were overwhelmed with the response from our members and widows. Needless to say, the Veteran’s center was also overwhelmed when Kathy, her husband Tom and myself showed up at their doors on December 22nd, at 301 N. High Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 with a HUGE amount of clothing, along with $200.00 worth of cakes, pies and ice cream. Thank you to everyone who donated. You helped so many!
- Additionally, on December 22nd, Kathy Conrad along with myself, Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young and Ms. Betsy Gardner, his office liaison, took a needy city family shopping at Harvest Fare Supermarkets, 2905 Hamilton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214. We were able to purchase several hundred dollars worth of food for this family for the holidays. In addition, Harvest Fare gifted the family with gift certificates towards future purchases.
- We got a new FOP President and we wish him well.
- On June 19, 2018, we honored Active Sergeant Keith McNeill who was shot repeatedly on March 14, 2014. His continuous brave fight through surgeries and rehabilitation in order to return to work at some point inspired all of us. We presented him with a plaque at a ceremony his family attended. His gracious presence and courage inspired, humbled and honored all of us. We have no doubt that he will continue the good fight.
- On September 8, 2018, at our first post-summer General Meeting, we honored Retired Detective Sgt. Dominic Mastromatteo, and we thanked him for his years of service, for his advice, for his wisdom, for his passion and for his compassion.
- I wanted to send out a thank you to everyone who has been attending the Pension Trial hearings. A strong showing is a message of unity. Let’s keep it up.
So now we look to the year ahead. What will 2019 bring? We can only hope for the best.
Daryl J. Buhrman
BALTIMORE RETIRED POLICE
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