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Remembering Fallen Officer Donald Kline

Officer Kline is remembered as a hero and a dedicated servant to the community. Retired police officers say his service ended too soon when he was killed in December of 1975.
HAGERSTOWN, MD - Retired police officers are remembering their fallen comrade, Officer Donald Kline.

He's remembered as a hero and a dedicated servant to the community. They say his service ended too soon when he was killed in December of 1975.

Hagerstown Police Chief Mark Holtzman says, "Officer Kline gave 13 years of his life protecting that town square in our community, and he is well remembered for that."

Many of us now know it as the Corner Pub in downtown Hagerstown, but in 1975 it was a grocery store known as Kim's Corner.

Officer Kline walked into Kim's Corner off duty while a robbery was taking place and tried to stop the suspect.

"He walked in on a robbery," says Chief Holtzman. "He gave chase to the suspect and ordered him to stop and exchanged gun fire with him."

Officer Kline later died in the hospital that day, and now nearly 40 years later, Chief Holtzman says his family can finally feel some closure.

His killer, Merle Unger, was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison this week.

He was convicted of killing Kline a second time earlier this year after an original conviction that was overturned due to a technicality.

It was a case that  took decades for justice to be served, but one that never left the hearts of the Hagerstown community.

"Fallen officers are not forgotten," says Holtzman.

And this fallen officer will always be remembered for his dedication.

"He was and still is very much missed by the retired officers that had a chance to work with him," says Holtzman.
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