It is also a time to honor those law enforcement officers from around the globe that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Two of those were Westerville police officers Eric Joering and Tony Morelli, killed Feb 10 while responding to a domestic violence call. 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. "Deputy Mark Burbridge, Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, End of watch May 1st, 2017", said Colonel Jeff Rizman, Iowa State Patrol.
On Thursday, May 17, peace officers from across the Ozarks will gather to honor 135 law enforcement officers who have died within this past year. This year it takes place on Friday, May 18.
Representatives of the Fort Wayne and New Haven police departments along with the Allen County Sheriff's Department, and city and county government joined the families of officers who have died in the line of duty at the annual event at the Law Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial, 1001 N. Wells St.
Providing a means for individuals, businesses, and communities to express their appreciation for law enforcement officers. "We should all be inspired by these six peace officers because they set an example for us all".
Several hundred law enforcement officers, and representatives of the families of the honored officers attended Friday morning's ceremony, which had to be moved inside due to rain.
It also is being held in conjunction with National Police Week, which is observed annually from May 13-19 to celebrate the work of police officers, "recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment in keeping our communities safe", the U.S. Attorney Office's press release states.