Dignified police escort brings Cpl. Keith Heacook home

Gov. John Carney joins family, friends in Delmar
May 1, 2021

Maryland and Delaware police escorted Delmar Cpl. Keith Heacook’s body more than 100 miles back to Delaware Sunday, May 2.

Heacook had been in critical care in Baltimore following an attack April 25 while responding to a fight at a Delmar home. He was pronounced dead April 28 from head injuries that he suffered, and he was kept alive so that his organs could be harvested for transplants. 

“Cpl. Keith Heacook made the ultimate sacrifice for his community on Sunday, April 25 and will never be forgotten,” said Delmar Chief Ivan Barkley earlier. “Law enforcement agencies from Delaware and Maryland will be escorting him back to Delmar on Sunday afternoon where he will be honored along the streets and neighborhoods he patrolled. Thank you all for your continued prayers and support as Keith’s family, the community, and the police department, navigate through these tough times.”

A caravan of motorcycles led the way and was joined by police cars as the hearse carrying Heacook’s body left the highways of Baltimore and wound through Maryland byways until reaching the border town of Delmar.

Gov. John Carney joined Heacook’s family in Delmar as the slain officer’s body headed to the funeral home.

Services for Cpl. Heacook

Visitation for Cpl. Heacook is set for 10 a.m., Monday, May 10, followed by a funeral service at noon at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church, 217 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury, Md. Arrangements by Short Funeral Home of Delmar, Del. See a full obituary at

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