Honoring Retired Lieutenant Thomas B. Jacocks; End of Watch: December 14, 2018

Tomorrow, the Montgomery County Police Department family will join the loved ones of retired Lieutenant Thomas B. Jacocks in laying him to rest.

Lieutenant Thomas B. Jacocks completed his last tour of duty with the Montgomery County Police Department on November 30, 2016, at the age of 84 after 61 plus years of dedicated service with the agency.  He retired as the longest-serving member of the Police Department and of a single agency in the state of Maryland, a legacy that remains unmatched.  Although Jacocks officially retired from the Department in 2016, he continued his police work as a volunteer at the Public Safety Headquarters into 2018.

Jacocks saw many changes in policing and the county over his 61 plus years of service. On Jacocks’s first day on the job, he was one of 180 officers serving a population of about 200,000.  When he retired, he served as one of more than 1,200 officers who served a population of over 1,000,000 residents. If you were ever fortunate to sit down with the soft-spoken Jacocks, the stories that he would tell you from his seasoned perspective about police work were fascinating.

Thomas B. Jacocks was born on October 26, 1932, in Washington, D.C. According to family members, Jacocks announced at dinner one evening when he was six years old, that he was going to be a police officer when he grew up. Jacocks graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase (BCC) High School in 1951 and in the summer of 1952 enlisted in the Army during the Korean War; he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. In 1954, after his military tour ended, he applied to become a Montgomery County Police Officer. He was sworn in on July 1, 1955, and began his career as a patrol officer in Bethesda. He married Peggy and they moved to Kensington where they raised their five children: Elise, Patricia, Clare, Joseph, and Justin.  Jacocks rose through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Detective Private First Class, Detective Corporal, Detective Sergeant, Detective Sergeant First Class, to Lieutenant. During his career, he worked in the 2nd District (Bethesda station), the Juvenile Aid Bureau, the Warrant and Fugitive Bureau, the 4th District (Wheaton-Glenmont station), the 3rd District (Silver Spring station), and as the Court Liaison Officer.

Jacocks also dedicated over 30 years of service to the Maryland Special Olympics program. He was a fundraising leader for the Department’s annual Torch Run that benefits Special Olympics and attended every Department Torch Run since Maryland’s inception of the program in 1985.

Regarding his death, Chief Manger said, “For over 60 years, Lieutenant Thomas Jacocks served the residents of Montgomery County. He’s left a legacy that cannot be duplicated.”

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Department to Honor Fallen Heroes – Twenty-Four-Hour Vigil Begins Tuesday; Memorial Service on Wednesday at Public Safety Memorial

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. During Police Week, law enforcement officers and survivors from around the world come to Washington, DC, to participate in events that honor fallen officers.

Over the years, additional events of remembrance have been established in the month of May to honor public safety personnel that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Throughout this month, the Montgomery County Police Department will remember and honor our fallen officers in various ways, beginning with a vigil and memorial service at the Public Safety Headquarters.

The Montgomery County Public Safety Employee Twenty-Four-Hour Memorial Vigil – Begins May 2

Beginning at 10:00 am tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2, Montgomery County public safety employees both current and past, will participate in a twenty-four-hour vigil at the Montgomery County Public Safety Memorial on the grounds of the Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg (100 Edison Park Drive).  During the twenty-four-hour time period, personnel will take turns standing watch at the Memorial as a way to honor the fallen.  This vigil will lead up to the Montgomery County Fallen Heroes Memorial Service held on Wednesday, May 3.

The Montgomery County Fallen Heroes Service – May 3

On Wednesday, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division will honor our fallen heroes at the annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Service.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

What: Fallen Heroes Memorial Service

When: Wednesday, May 3, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Public Safety Memorial, located on the grounds of the Public Safety Headquarters, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, 20878*

*Please note that in the case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside the Public Safety Headquarters.

In Memory of:

Montgomery County Police Department

Police Officer III Noah A.  Leotta – December 10, 2015

Police Officer III William D. Talbert – January 27, 2012

Sergeant Hector I. Ayala – April 4, 2010

Police Officer III Luke T. Hoffman – April 25, 2007

Captain Joseph A. Mattingly, Jr. – September 13, 2003

Police Officer III James E. Walch – January 25, 1994

Police Officer III Mark M. Filer – August 24, 1993

Police Officer III Philip C. Metz – March 27, 1981

Corporal John M. Frontczak – March 29, 1976

Captain James E. Daly, Jr. – March 28, 1976

Private William P. Conboy, Jr. – December 29, 1973

Lieutenant Donald A. Robertson – March 9, 1972

Lieutenant William H. Jessie – December 30, 1964

Private Robert W. McAllister – November 23, 1952

Private David G. Bisset – October 1, 1952

Patrolman James E. Shoemaker – February 4, 1938

Patrolman Webb S. Hersperger – June 18, 1933

Patrolman Joseph A. Case – December 17, 1928

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Captain James T. Hall – October 26, 1971

Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division

Officer Kristin M. Pataki – May 4, 2002

Officer Noah Leotta Memorial Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight (September 1) from approximately 10:00 pm to 1:30 am tomorrow in memory of fallen Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta.

On December 3, 2015, Officer Leotta was working as a member of the annual Holiday Alcohol Task Force (a team of officers devoted to detecting alcohol-related offenses during the holiday season).  He was conducting a traffic stop when he was struck by a drunk driver.  On December 10, 2015, Officer Leotta succumbed to injuries sustained during that collision.

Officers from the Gaithersburg Police Department, the Rockville City Police Department, the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department, and deputy sheriffs from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will also be participating in this sobriety checkpoint.  Maryland State Police troopers will be supporting these efforts by conducting a separate sobriety checkpoint at another location in Montgomery County.

Prior to the start of the sobriety checkpoint, officers will attend a roll call where they will be addressed by Noah Leotta’s father, Rich Leotta, MCPD Chief Tom Manger, Director of the MCPD Traffic Division Captain Tom Didone, and a representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP).

Drivers who pass through this sobriety checkpoint will receive cards (see example below) that include Officer Leotta’s photograph and contain a message reminding drivers of the importance of always making a plan to have a safe and sober ride.  These cards also bring to life the dangerous and deadly consequences of impaired driving.

The Department continues to provide drunk driving prevention information to the public and is committed to enforcing impaired-driving laws. In doing so, Department members honor the life of Officer Noah Leotta.  On October 1, Noah’s Law will become effective in Maryland.  The law, named after Officer Noah Leotta, expands Maryland’s ignition interlock program and increases driver license suspension periods for individuals arrested for impaired driving.

NOTE TO MEDIA: The media is welcome to attend the roll call held at 8:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Headquarters and is welcome to be present at the checkpoint.  The location of the checkpoint will not be announced in advance.  To make arrangements to attend, please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, press option 4.

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Department to Honor Fallen Heroes at Memorial Service Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division will honor our fallen heroes at the annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Service.  Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta’s inscription on the memorial wall will be unveiled at this service.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

What: Fallen Heroes Memorial Service

When: Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Public Safety Memorial, located on the grounds of the Public Safety Headquarters, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, 20878*

*Please note that in the case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside the Public Safety Headquarters.

In Memory of:

Montgomery County Police Department

Police Officer III Noah A.  Leotta – December 10, 2015

Police Officer III William D. Talbert – January 27, 2012

Sergeant Hector I. Ayala – April 4, 2010

Police Officer III Luke T. Hoffman – April 25, 2007

Captain Joseph A. Mattingly, Jr. – September 13, 2003

Police Officer III James E. Walch – January 25, 1994

Police Officer III Mark M. Filer – August 24, 1993

Police Officer III Philip C. Metz – March 27, 1981

Corporal John M. Frontczak – March 29, 1976

Captain James E. Daly, Jr. – March 28, 1976

Private William P. Conboy, Jr. – December 29, 1973

Lieutenant Donald A. Robertson – March 9, 1972

Lieutenant William H. Jessie – December 30, 1964

Private Robert L. McAllister – November 23, 1952

Private David G. Bisset – October 1, 1952

Patrolman James E. Shoemaker – February 4, 1938

Patrolman Webb S. Hersperger – June 18, 1933

Patrolman Joseph A. Case – December 17, 1928

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Captain James T. Hall – October 26, 1971

Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division

Officer Kristin M. Pataki – May 4, 2002

 

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The Officer Noah Leotta Memorial Blood Drive – Wednesday, December 23

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Please join the Montgomery County Police Department in giving the gift of life by donating blood in honor of Officer Noah Leotta.

This blood drive is open to the public so please share with family, friends, and community members.

DATE:                     

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

LOCATION:             

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters

100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg (20878) –

First floor conference room

HOURS:

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SIGN UP:                 

Online or call Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767

Note: Due to the overwhelming response to the Officer Noah Leotta Memorial Blood Drive, all 111 appointments have been filled.  Existing Red Cross personnel and equipment will not be able to serve walk-in appointments.

The Department is coordinating with the Red Cross to host another blood drive in Officer Noah Leotta’s honor after the new year and will let the community know when the blood drive will take place.

Donors will receive a Red Cross long-sleeve black T-shirt and Buffalo Wild Wings and Chick-fil-A food or coupons.

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