Bruce Wright, a CSU education representative and former police chief, attended a memorial service on May 9 at the Panama City (Fla.) Police Department. The event honored fallen Florida officers and was held in recognition of National Police Week, which runs from May 12-18.
The service was conducted by Police Chief Scott Ervin and featured about 150 law enforcement personnel in attendance.
“The importance of remembering those lost in the line of duty serves as a reminder that we should never take our safety for granted,” said Wright. “Law enforcement officers understand that their safety is always in jeopardy and that they must weigh their personal safety against the protections afforded to everyone in our Constitution in the daily exercises of their public-trusted authority.”
The names of the police officers whom have died in the line of duty in Florida were read aloud. After the utterance of each name, there was a tolling of a bell. At end of the reading, a 21-gun salute was performed.
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