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Memorial Honors Fallen Officers

by on May 17, 2017 5:09 PM

Members of the local law enforcement community and others came together Wednesday afternoon at the Centre County Courthouse to honor the lives of the 140 officers nationwide who were killed in the line of duty in the last year.

The 19th Annual Centre County Law Enforcement Memorial was held as part of National Police Week.

Spring Township Police Chief Michael Danneker said during his welcome remarks that although those officers came from different backgrounds and died serving in different ways, they all had a sense of service that led them to take on the dangers of their chose careers.

"They had a servant's heart the led them to a career in law enforcement, knowing the risks of that career," he said.

Danneker said 64 of those officers killed in the line of duty last year were gunned down. He added that in addition to the 140 killed during duty, 108 took their own lives, many likely deeply affected by events they witnessed on the job.

After an opening prayer by Deacon Thomas Boldin of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, state Sen. Jake Corman delivered keynote remarks.

Corman noted how law enforcement officers face each day not knowing what it will bring, and often not knowing if they will be coming home that night.

He said how that was the case for Pennsylvania State Trooper Landon Weaver, an Altoona native working at the State Police barracks in Huntingdon who was shot and killed in late December after responding to a domestic violence call in Juniata Township.

"It wasn't just the loss of Trooper Weaver, it was the loss of a future," Corman said, noting that Weaver was a young trooper and newly married. 

Corman added that while honoring the fallen, it's important to provide support to law enforcement year-round.

"Today is an important day to commemorate, but there are 364 more days we need to help them," he said. "You have people standing with you here in Centre County 365 days a year."

County Commissioners Steve Dershem, Mark Higgins and Michael Pipe presented a proclamation declaring Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week in Centre County, while also offering their support for law enforcement.

"The thin blue line is very important," Higgins said. "We all appreciate your service and we have your backs.

The names of all 140 officers killed in the line of duty were read during the memorial.

See photos from the memorial in the gallery below.

Photo Gallery - Centre County Law Enforcement Memorial

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