Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Remembering MSP Sergeant Ellsworth D. Dryden

Let us pause to remember our Fallen Hero from the Maryland State Police, Quartermaster Sergeant Ellsworth D. Dryden, lost this day in 1938 as a result of injuries sustained five years earlier in Adam Sector.

On March 4, 1933, Sgt. Dryden was assigned to a detail providing an escort for the Governor of Maryland as he returned home from the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.  As the motorcade proceeded north on Rhode Island Avenue, Sgt. Dryden's police vehicle collided with a delivery truck at the intersection of 34th Street in Mt. Rainier, Maryland.  Sgt. Dryden suffered serious injuries in the collision.  As a result of his injuries, Sgt. Dryden subsequently contracted a bloodstream infection to which he succumbed on October 7, 1938.

Sgt. Dryden served the Maryland State Police for nine and one half years and was the 14th member of that agency to make the ultimate sacrifice.  He was the second law enforcement officer and the first Maryland State Trooper to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George's County, Maryland.

At the time of his death, Quartermaster Sergeant Ellsworth D. Dryden was 37 years old.

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