Fallen Police Officers Honored

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Fallen Police Officers Honored

Posted: 05/19/2005
All the police agencies in Knoxville and Knox County gathered today to honor police officers that died during 2004.

The service was highlighted by officers who escorted survivors to a special wreath where a flower was placed in memory of their loved ones. 

The Knoxville Police Department Presented the Colors and the Knox County Sheriff's Office provided the Honor Guard, Taps, and a Flyover.

Those participating today included the Knoxville Police Department, the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the University of Tennessee Police, the University of Tennessee Medical Center, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Fraternal Order of Police.

May 15 is National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week containing May 15 has been National Police Week, since President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 on October 1, 1962.

But it was not until May 15, 1982, that the first National Peace Officers' Memorial Day Service was held. Washington, DC, activities during National Police week now include the annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and COPS' National Police Survivors' Seminars as well as the National Peace Officers' Memorial Day Service.

 The National Peace Officers' Memorial Day Service on May 15 draws thousands from across the nation.The National Police Survivors' Seminars offer peer-support and professional counselors to assist survivors as they move along their path of grief.