MCPD Chief on Lt. Friz: ‘This Police Department is Better for the Work Dan Put In’

Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones spoke Monday evening about the death of MCPD Lt. Daniel Friz.

Friz died shortly after midnight Monday in a collision with a 2018 Freightliner on I-70 in Lisbon. He was off duty at the time of his death. Maryland State Police continue investigating the incident.

Friz started working for MCPD in January 2003. While serving as an MCPD officer, Friz worked in the Gaithersburg and Silver Spring districts, the public information office, the training academy, and the special victim’s investigation division.

Jones said he found it difficult to speak about Friz’s death because he’s known Friz for a long time, having worked with him at the police academy.

“He never looked for recognition or fanfare. He was happy to be behind the scenes and let you benefit from his hard work. If it was best for the team, Dan took care of it,” Jones said.


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Friz climbed the ranks at MCPD. He was promoted to corporal and sergeant in 2012. He became a lieutenant in July 2018 for the Gaithersburg district and was then assigned to the police training academy.

“The Montgomery County Police Training Academy and this police department is better for the work Dan put in everyday and every night.”

Friz was also known for playing the bagpipes at a variety of police ceremonies. “I know the next time I hear the bagpipes I’m going to be thinking of him,” Jones said.

Friz is survived by his wife, who also serves as an MCPD officer and their three children. Jones said MCPD is treating Friz’s death as an off-duty death, but the department will provide full support to his family.

“When we lose a brother or sister officer, it is something that our family comes together, we wrap our arms around each other because it is a member of our family that we have lost today,” Jones said.

Montgomery County Leaders Offer Condolences to Friz

Several Montgomery County leaders and other police departments have offered condolences to Friz’s family:


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