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Community Says Goodbye to Major Leatherman

"I thought that me knowing Bob made me a much better person and the people around me, my family and for that I was grateful and that's the Bob Leatherman that I know. I mean if you knew Bob in that sense, you came away a better person," said Herb Younker, closer friend of Major Leatherman.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - It was a rainy, somber day in Washington County as Major Robert Leatherman was laid to rest on Monday.

"Major Leatherman was obviously an important part of the Sheriff's Office serving out his entire law enforcement career with us and being the patrol commander, he was definitely someone that everyone looked up to and tried to do their best by," said Carly Hose, Deputy First Class with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

"I thought that me knowing Bob made me a much better person and the people around me, my family and for that I was grateful and that's the Bob Leatherman that I know. I mean if you knew Bob in that sense, you came away a better person," said Herb Younker, closer friend of Major Leatherman.

"And anytime you did something well, he was definitely one of the first people to pull you aside and say hey, you know you did a really good job with that and we really appreciate everything that you do for us here," said Hose.

Major Robert Leatherman passed away following a long battle with cancer and on Monday, hundreds of people came out to say goodbye.

"We were very hopeful that he would be able to come back," said Hose. "And I know that was one of his goals was to come back to the Sheriff's Office."

"And I think it's going to be tough because I mean it's easy to fill a position but to fill a position with the kind of dedication and determination and love for the job that Bob had," said Younker. "I mean everyone knows what he's done in his professional life, you just don't do that if you don't love what you do."

And his memory continues to live on.

"One of the things that he always liked, to let the community know is that we are a proud agency, proud of what we do and how we serve our community and we absolutely are," said Hose. "And to honor him, we're going to continue to, to do that, to service citizens in the best way we absolutely can."

Major Leatherman served the community for 29 years. And here at WHAG, we extend our condolences to the Leatherman family and the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
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