Fallen officers remembered at Peace Officers Memorial Day observance in Columbus

17 May, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Memory of fallen officers honored in west Kentucky

This week is National Police Week and the Kern County community is invited to an annual salute to our fallen law enforcement.

All across Mid-Michigan ceremonies were held to honor local officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The families of three of the four fallen were joined by members of the Fond du Lac County community to honor the sacrifice of their father, son, and brother.

There were 129 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2017, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The OPD Honor Guard and Midland Police Department Honor Guard also flew to Washington D.C. for National Police Week, and will be back in time for the memorial service Friday, LeSueur said.

The Fraternal Order of Police, AuSable Lodge #189 constructed a memorial wall in 2012 honoring and recognizing MI police officers killed in the line of duty.

The observance is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 21, the New Castle police department and its chaplains corps. Reflecting on the special week, Mountain City Police Chief, Denver Church said, "We appreciate our officers very much as they continue to put their lives on the line to protect and serve".

"I have lost six colleagues that I call friends in the line of duty...all members of the San Diego Police Department", she said. Presented by Lt. Matt Burleyson of the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, Burleyson had high praise for Crouse, saying his consistent and aggressive work to pursue impaired drivers, as well as his mentorship of both officers and children during Little League games, was to be commended.

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"We are honored to partner with the Illumination Project and hope this community partnership will be one of many that our Museum will engage in to address hard law enforcement issues with the common goal of safer, more peaceful communities", Brant said.

"It really comes out nice", Coe said.

The service is also for officers who died of natural causes.

The wall has been on display in virtually every corner of the state.

"We want the community to come out and see it", Cobb said.

Investigator John Cunningham, 53, suffered a fatal heart attack on Wednesday, January 15, 1986, shortly after completing a required 45-minute physical training exercise at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. These loyal companions have given their lives to ensure their handlers, fellow officers, and citizens stay safe. "He entered law enforcement because he was dedicated to a goal higher than his own".

Now, the internet and websites have sped up the process, along with research officers do on their own departments. This year, Police Week runs from May 13 to May 19.

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