Red River Valley Community Remembers Fallen OfficersGRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Federal, state and local leaders, and people in the community honored fallen officers today, at the 2nd Annual Northern Valley Police Week Memorial Service.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Federal, state and local leaders, and people in the community honored fallen officers today, at the 2nd Annual Northern Valley Police Week Memorial Service.
Today's service was part of a national remembrance week which was designated by President Kennedy back in 1962.
19,666 names of fallen officers are inscribed on walls across the nation.
And today, 41 officers from the Red River Valley were remembered, even those dating back to the 1800's.
"May we never forget the blessed memory of those who have sacrificed it all."
Federal, state, and local leaders, gathered to remember their brothers and sisters, as well as those who just wanted to pay respect.
"End of Watch February 11th, 1966,(sound of bells)" said Sheriff Robert W. Rost.
To the honorable who made the ultimate sacrafice.
"Doing this ensures that the tradition they loved and lived for continues," said U.S. Border Patrol Chief Agent, Austin L. Skero, II.
"End of Watch July 9th, 1954,(sound of bells)" said Rost.
"Every traffic stop, every encounter, every call for service has risk and these brave men and women accept that," said Grand Forks Mayor, Michael Brown.
A wife of a fallen officer remembers her husband more than 30 years later by thanking every law enforcement officer she sees.
"Every time he'd leave for a shift you just didn't know if he'd come back and I heard the police chief knock on the door at 3am, you just know something's not right," said Bonnie Andrys, wife of a fallen officer.
"End of Watch January 28th, 1974 (sound of bells)" said Rost.
"They are so many of us that do deeply appreciate what they do," said Grand Forks Police Department Chaplain, Reverend Michael Custer.
"And we will always remember," said North Dakota Lieutenant Governor, Drew Wrigley.
Remember back to the very first on record.
"End of Watch September 10th, 1890, (sound of bells)" said Rost.
Governor Dalrymple ordered that flags be flown at half staff today.