National Police Week starts with ceremony in Parkersburg

Geneva Stokes
May 15, 2018

This year, 360 names have been added to the memorial including four officers who served the citizens of Arkansas.

"And so I think it's important to honor them and give them the respect they deserve" says Lora Baker, who's mother was a Tulsa police officer and has several other family members in law enforcement.

The McAllen Police Department will host the Annual Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, May 16.

The monument on the state capitol grounds now lists the names of 277 fallen Wisconsin law enforcement officers. Delong was driving a Chevrolet pickup, which was reportedly stolen from Devils Lake. Over the last decade, on average 151 police officers are killed on duty in the United States each year and almost 50,000 are assaulted.

Sunday's vigil is being held ahead of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is held annually on May 15 to honor law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

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From Marion County, Knoxville Officer M.A. "Bert" Conrey, Marion County Jailer Virgil Behrens, Marion County Deputy Harold Gates, and Pella Police Officer John Van Haaften all died on duty.

If it sounds hard to go through a day not knowing when a seemingly routine incident will suddenly turn unsafe, then consider what it must be like for the families and loved ones of police officers, who never know if their parent, sibling, spouse, child, will be called into a deadly situation.

This week is National Police Week.

The Candelight Vigil is an annual tribute that occurs during National Police Week observance in the United States capital. Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world will converge on Washington. In humble appreciation of our hardworking law enforcement officers, Melania and I will light the White House in blue on May 15. "This year, as we thank our law enforcement officers and their families for the many sacrifices they have made, we remember our own Trooper First Class Kevin Miller and hold his family and friends in our thoughts".

"The 21,541 fallen heroes, whose names embrace us this evening, came from different states, counties and towns across America", said Craig W. Floyd, Chief Executive Officer of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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