National Police Week Recognized May 13 Through 19

National Police Week Recognized May 13 Through 19

  • 5/13/2018 10:53:07 AM
  • Emily Ramey
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MANSFIELD, OH- A proclamation was signed in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the corresponding week as Police Week. 

Peace Officers Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor the men and women who serve Mansfield, and elsewhere in the country, as police officers.

Richland County Police Officers who have given their lives in the line of duty to protect others include Mansfield Police Officers Brian D. Evans, killed December 26, 2007; Michael R. Hutchison, killed February 6, 1976; William J. Taylor, killed February 26, 1949; and John Englehart Jr, killed August 7, 1893; and Shelby Police Officer Walter A. Means, killed April 24, 1954.

Mayor Tim Theaker has also issued a proclamation naming May 13 through 19, 2018 as Police Week and May 15, 2018, as Peace Officers Memorial Day for the City of Mansfield.

In memory of all officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our community, Mansfield officers will be wearing "mourning badges" during National Police Week. Additionally, the Mansfield Police Honor Guard will honor the fallen officers at a ceremony held on the second floor of the Mansfield Municipal Building at 9:00 AM on Monday, May 14. All are invited to attend this Memorial Service.

Flags on all federal buildings will fly at half-staff on May 15 to commemorate Peace Officers Memorial Day. President Clinton signed a law in 1994 requiring the American flag to be lowered on this day as a tribute to the more than 21,000 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The only other regularly scheduled day that flags fly at half-staff is Memorial Day. Just as those in our armed services have, our fallen law enforcement officers gave their lives to protect the freedoms and lives of others.

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