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Cpl Findley: Viewing, Service, Procession, Donations, Blue Ribbons

Cpl. Richard Findley (Rest in Peace)

Photo Courtesy of Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department

July 2, 2008 Update --
Montgomery Road left on to Sellman Road
Sellman road down past District 6 Police Station across Rhode Island then left on Queen Ann
Queen Ann then right on Prince George's Avenue past the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department
Prince George's Avenue to right on Powdermill Road
Powdermill to I-95 Southbound

July 1, 2008 Update:
If possible, please consider trying to attend at least one of the events listed below to honor Prince George's County Police Cpl. Findley, who was also a volunteer fireman. In both roles he served the South Laurel area as much as other parts of the District VI area of Prince George's County (Laurel, Beltsville, Calverton, Adelphi) -- and it was in South Laurel that he was killed serving our community.

Please see the Updated Procession route (below) and on Thursday before and after the 11 am service, please consider standing along that route when the procession lead by a fire truck will pass carring Cpl. Findley to the 11 AM service and then after the service (about Noon) to his interment.

June 29, 2008 Update:

Montpelier Community Association is collecting donations from its residents and anyone else, which will be given to the Findley family. Checks only, please, made payable to "MCA" with "Findley Fund" in the memo line. Mail donations to MCA, PO Box 2503, Laurel, MD 20709-2503 or drop your donation off at the pool office or at 12215 Shadetree Lane anytime before July 18th. Donations will be given to the family on July 21.

To donate via the Hillandale Gardens community's Findley Fund contact Pat Meyers at patmyers2@verizon.net

For compiled news updates about the June 27 killing in the line of duty of Prince George's County District VI Police Cpl. Richard Findley, watch this link Slain PG Police Cpl. Richard Findley (also listed in the News File section of this blog).

Watch this blog post and www.beltsvillevfd.com for updates regarding honoring Cpl Findley's service to our community and support for his family. Updates and corrections are welcome to garolds@yahoo.com

Cpl. Findley's family have asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be considered to:

H.E.R.O.E.S. Inc
666 Eleventh Ave Suite 300 NW
Washington, DC 20001


Beltsville Vol Fire Dept
PO BOX 831
Beltsville Md 20705

At www.beltsvillevfd.com there is an ever growing memorial to Cpl. Findley and you can leave messages to the family in a guestbook there.

PROCESSION ROUTE (Updated July 1, 2008 by Karen Coakley, BCA)

On July 3 Thursday, just before the 11 AM service
  • From Borgwardt's Funeral home
  • Up Caverly
  • Onto Montgomery Road
  • To St Joseph's Church

After the 11 a.m. service on Thursday July 3, around noon a Beltsville VFD fire truck will lead the procession to the cemetary along this route:
  • From service at St. Joseph's Church 11007 Montgomery Road (MAP )
  • Left On Sellman Rd
  • Past District 6 Police station (MAP)
  • Left on Rhode Island Ave
  • Right on Prince George's past the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department (MAP)
  • Right on Route 1 to I-95
As a way to show our respect and gratitude for Cpl. Findley's service and support for his family people are urged to stand along that procession route displaying Blue Ribbons or other appropriate expressions of gratitude and support, including simply standing there respectfully watching the procession pass.

Also, startng now, all around our Laurel - Beltsville community served by Police District VI,
please consider displaying blue ribbons to honor Cpl. Findley.

Here again are the Viewing, Service, and Interment details:

Viewing: Wednesday July 2, 2008 2 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm Borgwardt Funeral Home 4400 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD. 20705 (MAP)

Service: Thursday July 3, 2008 11:00 am Saint Joseph's Catholic Church 11007 Montgomery Road, Beltsville, MD. 20705 (MAP)

Interment immediately following service at: Lakemont Memorial Gardens 900 W. Central Avenue Davidsonville, MD. 21035 (MAP)

This information is provided via the Prince George's County Police District VI Citizens Advisory Council, with special thanks to District VI Commander Major Dwayne Preston, Karen Coakley and Johanna Stefanelli.

Sat June 28 Free Youth Basketball Tournament

Just south of Muirkirk Rd and Route 1

Just drop-in! Online registration helpful but not required.

For future PAL youth activities this summer in the Laurel/Beltsvile/Adelphi/Calverton area contact Cpl. Carter 301 937-0910

PG Police Department Press Release about PAL Summer Basketball Tournament - Free Transportation

Old Muirkirk Meadows Driving Range Fire June 13

At 4 AM Friday, June 13, 2008 Laurel Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a fire inside the old golf driving range office building which has been empty for over two years at the west end of Muirkirk Rd at Muirkirk Meadows Rd (map). This was learned from comments at 3:30 pm by a Laurel Volunteer Fire Fighter on the scene, whose unit and two other fire trucks had come back that afternoon to handle a rekindle at the site.

As happens with empty buildings, for the past several months there has been, and still is, extensive graffiti on the west-facing wall, and it may have become a hangout.

Man in standoff with county police - June 11, 2008

Here is an early Prince George's Gazette article about today's police barricade and gun shot at Contee Rd and Rt-197.

Later on June 11 it was learned that the incident was over. The despondent man committed suicide.

June 12 Update: Revised Prince George's Gazette article