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Those in uniform with York County links who die in line of duty should be remembered

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Last week, former York countian Brian Joseph Buss died when his air tanker plane crashed into a Utah mountain range en route to fight a wildfire.
And Dallastown graduate and Navy Airman Gatlin Scott Green died while working on a ship near Singapore.
These heroes who died in the line of duty may soon be forgotten by the general public… .

To my knowledge, no public forum exists to honor those who die in all types and colors of uniforms in the line of duty.
York’s Police Heritage Museum does a wonderful job honoring York County law enforcement officers who die on duty.
For example, a section of the museum’s Web site lists names and short bios on county officers and those from surrounding counties who made the supreme sacrifice.
Indeed, the police museum performed a wonderful public service in bringing forgotten police officer Curtis Sowers’ death in 1929 into public view.
As another example, the York County Veterans Affairs Office collects the names of those in uniform who die in war. The Vietnam War dead whose names will appear on a proposed statue provide one example of that.
Perhaps the police museum and veterans affairs office could jointly expand their lists to honor all York countians who, like Buss and Green, die in the line of duty.
The York Daily Record/Sunday News offers an interactive listing and map Remembering wars’ fallen with local ties that counts War on Terrorism military deaths.