Deputy Fire Marshal Ryan Whittington and OCPD Officer Jeff Heiser created ‘The Josh and Tommy Memorial Scholarship’ to commemorate two fallen Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers.
On June 30, 2013, a small plane crashed into the ocean, a quarter mile off the 130th Street beach, claiming the lives of veteran OCPD Officer Tom Geoghegan, Jr., 43, of Ocean City, and his passenger, OCPD Officer Joshua Adickes, 27, of Berlin. The crash was striking enough for the crowded beach that hot summer day, but when word got out that there were two OCPD officers on board, the town of Ocean City was stricken with grief.
On the 6th anniversary of the tragedy, the Maryland Coast Dispatch recalls Councilman Mark Paddack, a former OCPD officer, remembering Geoghegan and Adickes at the Council Meeting, as he announced that a scholarship had been set up in their names.
“The scholarship goes to a seasonal police officer that works for the town of Ocean City who is going on to pursue a career in law enforcement,” he said. “I extend my condolences out to my fellow colleagues who were close to both gentlemen and directly to their families.”
Whittington and Heiser created the annual scholarship to provide financial assistance to graduates of the OCPD seasonal police academy for educational purposes. The scholarship is merit-based and is a competition focused on rewarding ambitious, driven, goal-oriented individuals with a career goal in public safety. The scholarship is being handled by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Donations can be mailed to the Josh and Tommy Police Scholarship, care of the Community Foundation, 1324 Belmont Avenue, Suite 401, Salisbury, Md. 21804