McPherson will honor this week (May 13-19) as Police Week and Peace Officer Memorial Week. Police Chaplain H. Dick Reynolds spoke about the history of the event.
“It was in 1962 that President Kennedy first offered the proclamation stating that May 15 every year from hence forth was going to be Fallen Officer Memorial Day,” Reynolds said. “We have two fallen officers that fell in the line of duty here in McPherson back in the 1930s and on Tuesday morning at 8:30 out at the cemetery, their families will be present and we will lay wreaths on their graves.”
Mayor Brown also signed the proclamation to make this week Police Week:
To designate the week in which May 15 falls as Police Week (May 13-19) and May 15 as Peace Officer Memorial Week.
Whereas, Law enforcement is a vital public service.
Whereas, members of law enforcement are ready to put their life on the line to protect local citizens’ life, family and property.
Whereas, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 65 hours.
Whereas, in honor of those 135 fallen heroes who have paid the supreme sacrifice in 2017 in the performance of their duty.