M/Tpr William Joseph “Bill” Long, III, MDSP, Retired.

The MSPAA sadly announces the recent passing of one of “Maryland’s Finest”, Master Trooper Bill Long, formerly assigned at the Frederick Barrack. Bill was a friend and mentor to many troopers. His legacy will live on by his guidance and friendship to others.

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they are called the Children of God. Matthew 5:9

William Joseph “Bill” Long, III, 53, of Thurmont, Maryland, passed from this life on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Frederick Health Hospital in Frederick, with his family by his side. He will be sorely missed by his wife, Melissa Long.

Born on June 14, 1969, in Bethesda, MD, he was the son of Laurita (Cannaday) Long and William Long, Jr. and his wife, Cheryl Parker-Long. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by three children, Josh, Adam, and his stepson, Logan; sister, Lisa M. Kroher; and five grandchildren.

He spent his school years in Thurmont, graduating from Catoctin High School in 1987. After graduating, he enlisted in the Air Force. He served in the Air Force as a Nuclear Technician for three years in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

After his honorable service in the Air Force, in 1991, Bill joined the Maryland State Police. Bill served his community as a highway patrolman, motorcycle patrol officer, and firearms instructor. Eventually, Bill retired from the Maryland State Police, in 2011, after 20 fantastic years of service.

Bill then continued his service to his country by completing two year long contracts with Dyncorps in support of military operations in Afghanistan.

After his final tour overseas, he spent a few years working odd jobs here and there until he finally found another family at Krietz Auto. Over the last year, Bill became a respected member of their service department. He was known for his exceptional service and always upbeat attitude. He spent his final year as part of their wonderful team filling the “Professional Fist Bumper” position and he will be greatly missed by all.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike in Frederick.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Maryland Troopers Association.

Sarah “Jeannie” Mastronardi
President, MSPAA

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