National police week honors fallen
National Police Week will be observed from May 13 through May 19, with thousands of police officers set to converge on Washington D.C. to honor those who have died in the line of duty.
The event, which originated with about 120 survivors in 1982, has grown to encompass a week of activities and thousands of people flocking to Washington, D.C. for the event.
Local police officials in various agencies throughout southwest Missouri will observe National Police Week.
"It's a good way to remember our officers who have fallen in the line of duty," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay. "It's a good reminder for the community."
A total of 644 officers have died throughout the state of Missouri, according to records dating back to 1,791 on the Officer Down Memorial Page, located at www.odmp.org.
In the bi-county area, a total of eight officers have fallen in the line of duty. They include: John Franklin Chambers, Aurora; Christopher Lee Castetter, Barry County Sheriff's Office; Elisha Lenore Hagler, night watchman for Monett Police Department; and James Dacy, J.Y. Gasche, R.J. Chappell, Simeon W. Coleman and Edgar P. Wright, all serving with the Pierce City Police Department.
The 24th National Police Week candlelight vigil took place on Sunday, May 13 at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The national Police Survivors' Conference took place in Alexandria, Va., on Monday, May 14. That event was followed by the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on May 15 at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
A second survivors conference is scheduled for today, May 16.
For more information, contact Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., at www.nationalcops.org or by calling 800-784-COPS (2677).