Fallen Officer Laid to Rest
Adrian Morris, 23, of Laurel was honored Tuesday when the Prince George's County Police Department posthumously promoted him to Police Officer First Class.
Family, friends and law enforcement agencies honored a fallen officer as a hero when the Prince George's County Police Department (PGPD) laid a fellow officer to rest at Woodstream Church in Mitchellville.
Police Officer First Class Adrian Morris, who was posthumously promoted at Tuesday's funeral, died on Aug. 20 when the cruiser he was driving veered off the roadway and crashed into a ditch.
According to PGPD, Morris, 23, will be remembered for "his enthusiasm and devotion to his family, career, community and fellow police officers."
“In the time that Adrian was with the Prince George’s County Police Department, he made a lasting impression on our agency; not only with his co-workers, but with the community as well," PGPD Chief Mark Magaw said Tuesday at the funeral. "His loss has left us with a tremendous void.”
County Executive Rushern Baker also thanked POFC Morris for his dedication and service to Prince George's County resident.
"You will be missed," Baker said, "and when we look up into the sky at night, we will see your star shining ever so brightly.”
After the funeral, Morris' body travelled a route around the county to his final resting place, including passing by his former district office. PGPD Spokeswoman Julie Parker tweeted that many residents, county firefighters, officers from other agencies paid their respects by standing along the route, saluting Morris.
"Cars lined up on Rt 202, recording funeral procession. Some stand at intersections w/hands over hearts," Parker tweeted.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he grew up in Laurel and worked for District 6. Although had only been an officer for 2.5 years, he had been involved with the police as an Explorer since he was a teen. Morris is survived by his mother, father, brother and fiancé.
He is the 27th member of the department to die in the line of duty, according to officials.