Officers prepare for memorial activities
Officers across America are gearing up for the nations’ Peace Officer Memorial Day and Police Week.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, as well as the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
“We have three different things going on; so we are looking forward to the week,” Capt. Cherie Maness said. “It is an opportunity to remember the sacrifices that these officers made. It reminds us not to take things for granted, and that this is a dangerous line of work and we need to remain vigilant against those that wish to do us harm.”
The Police Week activities kicks off Friday with the Fallen Officer Golf tournament and ends with a Memorial Service that includes a candlelight vigil on Tuesday. Mayor Bernita Sims will present a proclamation honoring those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, as well as current officers who put their life on the line.
The guest speaker will at the service will be Detective Daniel Clark with the Winston-Salem Police Department, a 2012 America’s Most Wanted All-Star. Clark was involved in a 2009 domestic violence case that killed his partner and left him with a bullet wound to the head. Despite his injuries, Clark was about to return fire.
“I think he has a very unique and first-hand experience having been in that situation,” Maness said. “We are really excited to have him as a speaker.”
The Thomasville Police Department will hold a Peace Officers Memorial Service on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Thomasville Church of God, 1200 West Holly Road. The speaker will be Brandi Regan, director of the Dragonfly House and wife of a law enforcement officer. She will be giving her view of being married to an officer.
“It is always interesting to hear what the spouses have to say about their loved ones going out into dangerous situation,” said Detective Brad Saintsing. “They live with the fear that their husbands or wives may not come home from work one day.”
For more information contact the Thomasville Police Department at 336-475-4260 or High Point Police Department at 336-887-7936.
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2013 Police Week Activities
• Fallen Officer Golf Tournament, Oak Hollow Golf Course beginning at 8 a.m.
• Memorial Run to Remember, Morehead Recreation Center beginning at 10 a.m.
• The High Point Police Memorial Service with Candlelight Vigil, St. Stephen AME Zion Church, 1012 Leonard Ave, at 6 p.m. The guest speaker will be Detective Daniel Clark.
• The Thomasville Police Peace Officers Memorial Service, Thomasville Church of God, 1200 West Holly Road, at 6 p.m.
All events are open to the public.