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HCSO hosting annual fallen officer memorial ceremony Tuesday

STAFF REPORT • May 14, 2018 at 3:53 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office will recognize National Police Week Tuesday evening with its annual memorial service for officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

The service begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the side entrance of the sheriff’s office, located at 117 Justice Center Drive in Rogersville.

The public is encouraged to attend and show its support for local law enforcement as well as for the families and friends of local officers who died in the line of duty.

Hawkins County’s fallen law enforcement officers include Gerald Gibson, on July 12, 2000; John Wesley Wright on Aug. 16, 1988; and Drew Harrell on June 15, 1937.

Across the nation, communities will come together May 13-19 for National Police Week to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the loved ones and fellow officers they left behind.

This year, the names of 360 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

These 360 officers include 129 who were killed during 2017, plus 231 who died in previous years.

The names of all 360 will be formally dedicated during the 30th annual candlelight vigil on the evening of May 13 to be held on the National Mall in the nation’s capital.

The vigil will be webcast live beginning at 8 p.m.

To register for this free online event, visit www.LawMemorial.org/webcast.

The national observance is organized by a group led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.

On May 15th each year, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary host a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their families.

In tribute to American law enforcement officers and at the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates May 15th National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half-staff.

For more information about National Police Week, visit www.LawMemorial.org/policeweek

For information about Police Week events occurring locally, contact the HCSO at (423) 272-4848.

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