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cplbrendalhiggs

Location:
Chestertown, MD
Service:
Federal Officer / Agent
Status:
Actively Serving (has access to L.E. restricted areas)

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Hobbies:
law enforcement email discussion lists (Badges, TopCops, ABSEA) collecting police figurines/collectibles and Blue Sky Clayworks pieces and networking w/others in law enforcement, public safety, investigations, etc.
Favorite Movies:
Gladiator, Moulin Rouge, While You Were Sleeping
Favorite TV Shows:
American Justice, Forensic Files, CNN, MSNBC
Favorite Music:
Country (old and new), Southern Rock and Roll, ELVIS, Motown

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    Summary: Brenda was a caring person who gave 100 percent when investigating a case. She worked well with others and the public. Took the time to do it right.

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    ghosthunter130

    almost 4 years ago

    40 Comments

    Brenda,
    What a sad story about the cop.

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    CHP

    almost 5 years ago

    5608 Comments

    Hey Brenda, how the heck are ya woman!!! Glad to see you on-line. Hope you are enjoying a safe holiday off duty!! Stay safe out there..

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    ALH

    almost 5 years ago

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    cplbrendalhiggs

    about 5 years ago

    58 Comments

    COMMENTARY: A LIFETIME OF SERVICE ENDS IN DISPAIR ...
    Monday February 9th 2009 6:41 AM

    By Peter Hermann

    February 9, 2009

    Edward William Eldridge Jr. took his own life at the age of 62.

    He
    lived alone in a small semidetached, red-brick house on Daywalt Avenue
    in Northeast Baltimore. He had no wife, no known children, no brothers,
    no sisters, and his parents died years ago. He listed his only aunt as
    a beneficiary, but she, too, had passed away.

    He had no
    friends, at least none close enough or willing enough to stay with him
    at the hospital for a few hours so he could undergo the arthroscopic
    knee surgery he was scheduled to have on the day he died. He had nobody
    he could talk to or who could help him when he lost $100,000 of his
    retirement savings to the faltering stock market.

    Now
    Eldridge's body lies at Ruck Funeral Home in Towson - a viewing is
    scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, memorial service at 11 a.m.
    Wednesday - his earthly remains saved from becoming a ward of the state
    and from a pauper's grave by the Baltimore homicide detective who got
    the case, went to the house and recognized the dead man as a colleague
    and an old acquaintance. He had "shot the breeze" with Eldridge years
    ago when the detective walked a foot post and the now-dead officer was
    the Police Department's Central District wagon man.

    His name,
    with rank attached, was Agent Edward William Eldridge Jr. He joined the
    Baltimore Police Department on Aug. 4, 1972, and retired Aug. 6, 1998.
    He had earned a degree in business and public administration from the
    University of Maryland, was drafted into the Army and sent to Okinawa
    to guard underground missile silos.

    "He served his country
    for two years and he served this city for 26 years," Detective Randy
    Wynn said after he claimed the body at the morgue. "At the very least
    he deserves a proper send-off."

    The detective is trying to
    get current and retired police officers to come to services for
    Eldridge, and he plans to display nearly two dozen certificates and
    commendations he found after spending days digging through boxes and
    bags at the house where Eldridge grew up and died.

    Wynn found
    a neighbor who told him Eldridge fixed bicycles for the kids - there
    were parts scattered in his basement - and gave them money for candy.
    There were 40 names in Eldridge's address book, and Wynn called them
    all. Every single number went to a business where people had dealt with
    Eldridge but didn't really know him. Only his retired accountant
    thought Eldridge's demeanor had soured - "that he didn't seem the way
    he used to be," Wynn said.

    He had lost contact with the cops he had worked with, most recently in the Northeast District.

    He was so alone that he worried nobody would find his body after he died - maybe they wouldn't care enough to even look.

    It
    was Jan. 29, a Thursday, at 9:09 in the morning, the day his surgery
    was scheduled, that he called 911 and told an operator, "Ma'am, I'm
    planning to shoot myself."

    His voice was as steady and
    cavalier as someone ordering a pizza. He was polite, not a trace of
    urgency or hesitation. "I don't want the body to stink up the
    neighbor's house," he said into the phone.

    The operator asked
    whether he had any weapons, and he said he had two. She asked where he
    was, and he told her he was in his upstairs back bedroom, and that he
    had left the front door unlocked so officers could get inside.

    He had a .40-caliber Glock and a .38 Smith & Wesson revolver.

    Eldridge
    chose the Glock - the kind of gun carried by city police - to end his
    life. The operator was still on the line when he pulled the trigger.

    It's
    hard to imagine being so alone, and the extent and reason for whatever
    emotions caused him to take his life may never be fully known or
    understood. For Detective Wynn, who gets paid to immerse himself in
    this city's overabundance of death and despair, this case is a stark
    reminder that people need to help each other and ask for help for
    themselves.

    Wynn could have shoved this file aside, written a
    perfunctory report and moved on. But he is driven to get others to care
    about a man who should not have been allowed to die as he lived -
    without family, without friends, without someone knowing even a little
    about him.

    For the detective, who has spent 40 years on the
    city force, it's a lesson to get friends outside the job. "When you're
    in uniform, everybody knows who you are," he said. "Then all of a
    sudden you retire, and nobody knows who you are. After being in his
    house and reading his stuff for 12 hours, I realized he didn't have a
    friend in the world."

    Eldridge was born June 27, 1946, at
    Union Memorial Hospital and grew up on Daywalt Avenue. His parents were
    both from Philadelphia; his father worked as a clerk at Sparrows Point.
    He graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1964 and headed off to the
    University of Maryland.

    Wynn made a list of Eldridge's varied
    and prodigious studies: introduction to business; introduction to
    philosophy; public speaking; introduction to world literature; general
    chemistry; Western civilization; social psychology; principles of
    government and politics; accounting; marketing principles and
    organization; auditing theory; income tax accounting; business
    statistics; and civil rights law.

    The Army drafted him the
    year he graduated, 1968, but he was spared Vietnam and sent to train
    for a year at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and the Redstone Arsenal in
    Alabama, where he earned a marksman's badge for the M-16 before heading
    off to Japan. While on duty there, he had a security clearance, studied
    the Japanese language, attended a law enforcement program and rose to
    the rank of sergeant.

    Wynn found Eldridge's honorable
    discharge papers, dated June 14, 1971, along with two letters of
    appreciation signed by President Richard M. Nixon and Army Gen. William
    C. Westmoreland.

    He returned to Baltimore, bought a house on Homestead Street in Better Waverly and joined the police force.

    Eight
    years ago, he moved back to Daywalt Avenue to take care of his sick
    mother. Neighbors said they rarely saw him and that he kept his windows
    covered. Wynn found piles of books, Western movies and boxes filled
    with documents that shed some light on Eldridge's personality, and how
    he kept meticulous records of the most mundane chores.

    There
    was a log of "every gallon of gas he ever bought," Wynn said.
    Curiously, it appears that Eldridge kept the records for records' sake
    and not to track mileage. He kept a similar list of visits for
    Halloween and how much money he spent on the small candy bars he handed
    out.

    In 2000, 52 kids came to his door; in 2001 it was 18, a
    year later 31 and a year after that 52. It topped 61 in 2005 and
    dropped to "only eight children" last year. He spent between $94 and
    $159 on candy each year.

    Why he compiled these lists might
    remain as mysterious as why he took his life. In a suicide note found
    at the foot of his bed, neatly written in cursive and taking up a full
    page of notebook paper, Eldridge went on at length about his surgery,
    scheduled for that day at 2 p.m. at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He
    had saved the doctor's instructions reminding him not to eat that day,
    and had written notes to himself about what time to call a taxi to take
    him to the hospital.

    He had later made arrangements with
    officers at the Northeastern District to give him a ride to and from
    Franklin Square, but he had nobody to stay with him during the
    procedure, a requirement. He wrote that he was afraid he would be sent
    home, and that doctors might learn his backup plan was suicide. He was
    afraid of being committed.

    Eldridge, fully clothed, lay on his back on his bed and called 911.

    The final sound on the tape is a gunshot followed by the operator's scream.

    Wynn
    said Eldridge actually shot himself twice, the first time through his
    right jaw, then in a split second he turned his head and shot himself
    above the left ear. His Glock was still in his right hand when police
    arrived.

    The detective has played the tape for his colleagues.

    "Everyone up here who has heard it has never heard anything like that," he said. "Ever."

    Copyright © 2009, The Baltimore Sun

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    cplbrendalhiggs

    over 5 years ago

    58 Comments

    Happy New Year to you too! B

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    ALH

    over 5 years ago

    1078 Comments

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    ALH

    over 5 years ago

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    ALH

    over 5 years ago

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    epdcopswife

    over 5 years ago

    596 Comments

    Thanks for the add!

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    epdcopswife

    over 5 years ago

    596 Comments

    Thanks for the add!

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    Beamer223

    over 5 years ago

    770 Comments

    Thanks for the add. Stay safe.

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    abradford2

    over 5 years ago

    8582 Comments

    Thanks for the add, stay safe and have a great week!

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    Hello Brenda…greetings from Knoxville, thank you, and may peace follow you and your loved ones always. Don’t be a stranger! Best wishes…Mark

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    ALH

    over 5 years ago

    1078 Comments

    Thanks for being my friend here and on Badges.

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    dwc0760

    over 5 years ago

    958 Comments

    Brenda, thanks for being my friend here on Police Link. BTW, you really should post a picture of yourself here as well. :) Dave