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Sanford Janes Witcher, Jr.

Dec 07, 2017
Sanford Janes Witcher, Jr.

printed 12/08/2017

Glen Burnie

Sanford Janes Witcher, Jr., “Bobby,” age 68, gently ascended to our heavenly father on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at home with his children at his side.

He was born in Cedertown, Georigia, but was raised in Ocean City, Maryland. He was the son of the late Pauline Showell and the late Sanford Janes Witcher, Sr. His stepfather, Martina Showell, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughters, Martina Schrebe (Oliver) of Germany and Michaele Witcher of Columbia, Maryland; one son, Sanford J. Witcher, III (Karsan) of Westminster, Maryland; two sisters, Shirley Davis of Berlin and Jeryline Jarmon (Frederick) of Bishopville, Maryland; one uncle, Joseph Witcher (Zula) of Washington, D.C.; eight grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and additional beloved relatives and friends.

After graduating from Worcester Jr. Sr. High School in 1967, Sanford served a highly distinguished 46-year career in law enforcement. His first 22 years as an Army military police officer and retiring as a sergeant first class.

While serving a tour of duty in South Korea, he was personally honored and commended by the president of South Korea. He was also responsible for the training of new army recruits as a military drill instructor.

His final 24 years were dedicated to serving the citizens of Maryland and retiring as a lieutenant from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. His assignments while serving with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police included a few years to the detective unit.

During that time he was involved in a counterfeit case where the unit was able to stop pirating of music amounting in millions of dollars. He also thwarted a robbery of the Virginia National Bank.

After leaving the detective unit, he was transferred to the Tunnel Command. During that time he successfully passed the lieutenant’s test the following year. His promotion resulted in him being transferred back to BWI/TM airport as an assistant commander.

His virtuous leadership skills were noticed and was asked by the chief of command the Motor Vehicle Administration. Lt. Witcher would later be transferred in 2012 to command the Francis Scott Key bridge.

In April of 2013, when commanders were shifted around, he was asked to return to BWI/TM as the assistant commander. In the fall of 2013, he was hand-picked to return as the assistant commander of Tunnels.

A police honor guard memorial service was held on Nov. 17, 2017 at the Glen Burnie Baptist Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

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