Let us pause to remember our fallen hero Sergeant John L. Bagileo, lost this day in 1994.
Sergeant Bagileo was born on August 21, 1967, in the District of Columbia and was raised in Montgomery County.
Sergeant Bagileo joined the Prince George's County Police Department on April 23, 1990, as a member of Session #74. After graduation, he was assigned to the District III station.
On the evening of February 28, 1994, at about 10:00 pm, Sergeant Bagileo was dispatched to a tampering in progress in Seat Pleasant. As Sergeant Bagileo was driving to the scene, a car pulled out from a side street right into his path. Sergeant Bagileo executed an evasive maneuver and was able to avoid that car, but he lost control of his cruiser and struck a utility pole. Sadly, Sergeant Bagileo died from his injuries.
Sergeant Bagileo served the Prince George's County Police Department for four years and was the 20th member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice. He was the 32nd law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George's County.
At the time of his death, Sergeant John L. Bagileo was 26 years old and survived by his wife and daughter.