23 fallen Austin Police officers honored at memorial, candlelight vigil

Central Police Services hosts law enforcement memorial service

Central Police Services hosts law enforcement memorial service

At the start of National Police Week, the Solomon P. Ortiz Center was filled Monday morning for a special ceremony to honor area law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty.

The annual observance comes during National Police Week that President John F. Kennedy proclaimed in 1962 as the week of May 15, which is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Kalama Police Department Chief of Police Randall Scott Gibson passed away on January 10, 2017 and Mason County Chief Deputy Fred Hickson who passed away on June 29, 1944. It's a time to remember but also a time to honor and thank the men and women serving in departments across the country.

Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors more than 21,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people since the first known Line of Duty death in 1791.

Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our nation's capital each year.

The event is hosted by the Henderson Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9.

The vigil was held on the National Mall and produced by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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A delegation of Lafayette Police officers are in Washington, D.C.to join in the 37th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Day Services. Every citizen in this nation should be humbled by their sacrifice.

"This year's observance is particularly meaningful for those of us in CT as we continue to mourn the loss of State Police Trooper First Class Kevin Miller, who was killed in the line of duty just seven weeks ago", the governor's statement continued.

Hawkins County's fallen law enforcement officers include Gerald Gibson, on July 12, 2000; John Wesley Wright on August 16, 1988; and Drew Harrell on June 15, 1937.

For many it's a day not only to remember fallen officers but to honor those who serve every day.

Two local police officers will be added.

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