On May 7th the 1st Annual Memorial Motorcycle Ride traveled from points throughout the Eastern Shore to the Memorial Wall of Camp ESPA (Eastern Shore Police Association) located at 5425 Sharptown Rd in Eldorado MD. Among those participating, specific riders were handpicked to carry flags in memory of fallen officers from the 9 counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Dozens of current and retired police officers, dignitaries, family and friends turned out for the event which included several heartfelt tributes to some of those who were memorialized on the wall. After the ceremonies, attendees were treated to a delicious picnic lunch.
Caroline County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Bryan Peris had the distinct honor of carrying the flag of Deputy Charles H. Lankford who died in the line of duty following a disturbance at the Federalsburg Fireman’s Carnival on July 29, 1977. Deputy Lankford, the only Caroline deputy to lose his life in the line of duty, was 47 years old at the time of his death. Prior to his employment as a deputy, Lankford was a communications specialist with the Sheriff’s Office, a Federalsburg Police Officer and a Maryland Marine Police Officer. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.
Members of Deputy Lankford’s family were on hand to witness the Camp ESPA ceremonies and expressed their gratitude for the representation provided by Deputy Peris.