Commander of FCSO Forensic Services Retires | WDVM25 and DCW50

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) – After 28 formidable years serving the residents of Frederick County, Lt. John Benner has retired as the Commander of Forensic Services.

Benner started his career in 1993 and quickly immersed himself in the community. He was a corporal in the community services section and helped strengthen community relations.

Benner has also worked in training, SWAT, snipers, and the judiciary, but his greatest achievement is protecting the city.

According to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Benner researched, developed or conducted training in Excited Delirium, Cop Suicide, Low Light Firearms Techniques, Force-on-Force / Script training and the prevention and intervention of suicide attacks, among other subjects.

He was brave even early in his career when he intervened in an active shooter incident. He pursued and arrested a suspect as he walked into a crowded bar with a loaded gun. For his actions, he received the MP of the Year and Valor award. The sheriff’s office says he will be missed.

“I was happy to be called to a career in law enforcement and honored to serve the citizens of Frederick County,” said Benner. “I have been fortunate enough to serve alongside the dedicated and professional men and women of the Sheriff’s Office. I wish them all the best as they continue to help make Frederick County a great place to live and work.

The sheriff’s office said an announcement about a new forensic services commander is expected soon.

Mark M. Gagnon