My name is Maria Danaher. My family lived in Westbury but now we are in Maryland. My brother, Mark Parry, was a sergeant with the Baltimore County Police Department who was killed in the line of duty last year. I am looking for people who went to school or hung around with Mark. I am trying to put together a scrapbook for his children (ages 11, 13 and 15) so that they can know their father as more then just "Dad," but also as a friend and person.
Mark was the middle child of three kids. My brother, Billy, is the oldest, and graduated from Westbury High School in 1976. I graduated from Westbury High in 1979. Currently, both my brother, Billy, and I work for the Baltimore County Police Department, he as an officer in the K-9 division and me as a police dispatcher/911 call taker.
Mark attended Dryden Street Elementary School, Westbury Junior High and Westbury High School. He graduated from Westbury High School in 1977. We grew up on Arlington Street, having lived there from 1962 until my parents sold the house in 1987. Mark went to SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall of 1977 and joined the Army after graduating from Plattsburgh in 1981. Mark married his college sweetheart, Lynne, in 1984 and they moved to Maryland after Mark joined the Baltimore Co. Police Dept. in 1985.
Mark was a detective sergeant with the department and normally did not work the midnight shift, but with coverage short Mark agreed to work a couple of nights to help out. On Dec. 27, 2001, Mark was driving down E. Joppa Road on routine patrol when a drunk driver slammed into the driver's side of his unmarked Crown Victoria. Mark was trapped in the vehicle for over 20 minutes and was unconscious. The drunk driver took off running.
Mark was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma with severe head injuries and just about all the bones on the left side of his body broken. He spent 25 days in Shock Trauma, never regaining consciousness before he succumbed to his injuries on Jan. 21, 2002. The drunk driver was found and arrested - the accident involving my brother was his 7th DWI. He was sentenced to 14 years in jail and five years supervised probation upon his release. He is scheduled for a parole hearing in May 2005.
If you would like to read a little more about Mark, you can look at www.odmp.org and click on 2002 and then on reflections.
I know how relationships with your parents change as you get older. It's not until you're an adult yourself that you start thinking of your parents as "people." Mark's children, Kevin, Danny and Caroline, are never going to have a chance to get to know Mark as a person rather than just their dad.
That is why I want to put together a scrapbook for each of his kids. I am hoping to locate people from our childhood and from all areas of Mark's life who would be willing to share memories with his children so that perhaps they can learn more about their father. Anyone with information they would like to share can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maria Parry Danaher