It was a somber day for Prince George's Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday when they remembered the two lives lost in their department 10 years ago.
Sheriff Melvin C. High, along with retired Sheriffs Michael A. Jackson and James V. Aluisi and nearly 100 guests honored the lives of Sgt. James Arnaud and Deputy First Class Elizabeth Magruder, who died in the line of duty.
“Today is a great day for the Office of the Sheriff. We finally get to memorialize our fallen brother and sister with a place for all members to visit for many years to come," President of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Cpl. Stan Moore stateed according to the sheriff's office. "We not only dedicate this memorial to Sgt. Arnaud and DFC Magruder, but to all of the deputies who serve and protect with such commitment and unselfishness each and every day.”
Arnaud and Magruder were killed in the line of duty on Aug. 29, while attempting service of an emergency petition, the sheriff's office reported.
“Having the opportunity to work with both Sergeant Arnaud and Deputy First Class Magruder, I will never forget their selfless commitment to the citizens of Prince George’s County," Jackson said. "I am glad that we’ve completed this memorial as lasting tribute to their service.”
The ceremony was held on the grounds of the new “Fallen Hero’s Memorial” in Upper Marlboro at the sheriff's office's headquarters.
Aluisi added, “This is a sad day of remembrance for our fallen, but one where we rejoice in knowing that they will never be forgotten.”
Family members in attendance included Arnaud's daughter, Jamey, and Magruder's husband, Derwin, officials said.