On the morning of July 23rd, 2018, the unthinkable happened to Baltimore County Police Officer Brian Gaddis and his wife, Jennifer.
They lost both their daughter and her grandmother in a horrific tragedy.
5-year-old Delaney Marie Gaddis and her grandmother, Deborah Ann Limmer, were struck and killed by a drunk driver while they walked on a sidewalk.
While there are no words nor actions that can somehow erase the pain generated by the unimaginable, our instinct as humans is to try.
Officer Brian Gaddis is a member of Brothers Before Others (BBO). And the organization has stepped up in a big way.
Having just experienced not only the loss of a coworker, but also his cousin Baltimore County Police Officer First Class Amy Sorrells Caprio, Baltimore County Corporal / BBO Member Eric Brennan knew all too well the road that Brian and his family had ahead of them.
Coordinating with his coworkers, the members of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4, Michael Burke and the members of BBO and the Gaddis family, Eric, along with Baltimore County Police Officer Denise Yost, organized a private lunch.
The groups came together in a show of support for the family, along with a touching surprise.
Brothers before others delivered a portrait of Delaney, hand made by Philadelphia Police Officer, Forensic Sketch Artist and BBO Partner Jonny Castro.
During the lunch was a discussion about the creation of a memorial for the girl and her grandmother. And now it’s coming together – and you can help.
Brian and Jen have chosen the location for the memorial: Springlake Park and Pond in Timonium, Maryland.
This location was chosen based upon, most of all, the special significance that the park held for Brian, Jen, Delaney and Deborah.
Eric has been hard at work with Baltimore County officials ensuring that all steps are properly taken to secure the site and the installation of the memorial. Most importantly, the memorial itself has been designed and ordered. While Brian and Jen have contributed to its design, they have not seen the finished product.
Having been one of the few that has, I can tell you that it is, quite simply, one of the most breathtaking memorials of its kind that I have ever seen.
In coordination with the FOP and the Police Emerald Society of Baltimore, Brothers Before Others is planning an early spring dedication ceremony, with the exact date yet to be determined.
As has been the case with nearly every project that BBO has undertaken, funding for the memorial and the dedication has come directly from police officers’ pockets. These officers are members of BBO and their partners, the Emerald Society and the FOP.
Our family at Law Enforcement Today and The Whiskey Patriots is here to help. For the entire month of February, we’re going to donate $10 from every individual membership signed up with The Whiskey Patriots to the cause… and $50 from every business or non-profit signup.
Please consider supporting this cause. If you’d rather donate directly, you can get in touch with Brothers Before Others here.
While nothing we can do will change what has happened, together we can help Brian and Jen ensure that their daughter and mother are never forgotten. Thank you, and please continue to keep the Gaddis family in your prayers.