Memorial service recognizes fallen, injured law enforcement


Erie County Commissioner of Central Police Services James Jancewicz is joined by members of the law enforcement community at Friday's law enforcement memorial service at the Public Safety Campus in Buffalo.

Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police President Bill Owensby, a black mourning band on his badge, told the officers, "know that, should this tragedy beset you and your family, you will never ever be forgotten".

"Today we honor not just their names, but their watch - and the impact they still have on us today", said Gov. Scott Walker.

The three correctional officers killed a year ago at Pasquotank Correctional Institute and a fourth officer killed at Bertie Correctional Institute will be honored for their service and sacrifice by having their names added Sunday to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Shaw's name, along with those of 359 other officers, was unveiled during a candlelight vigil at the memorial, which is on the National Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets.

Honored attendees placed a red rose for officers injure, another added to the star display for those disabled, one for officers lost to suicide, individual roses for those killed in the line of duty, and a final rose representing those still serving and putting their lives on the line.

For the full comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks and selected assaults resulting in injury, see the 2017 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report, released Thursday. 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.

Fighting crime can be risky work for the more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States.

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"It's a somber honor and a real tribute for the commemoration of the service of Brian Shaw, who gave his life protecting our city", Guzzo said.

The names of all 93 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, during the 30th annual Candlelight Vigil on Sunday evening.

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