As part of National Police Week, law enforcement personnel who died in the line of duty were honored Wednesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Police agencies from across Western New York and Southern Ontario assembled on Ridge Street to participate in the 18th annual Niagara Interfaith Chaplaincy Police Memorial Service.
This year's keynote speaker was Major David Page, western district commander of the New York State Park Police. He is responsible for a 10-county area that stretches from Lake Ontario to the Southern Tier.
After his speech, wreaths were presented by the various police agencies as the roll of honor was read. Taps and a rifle salute followed.
Chaplain Patrick Bradley served as master of ceremonies. Chaplains A.W. Moldenhauer, Richard James and Steve Antin made additional remarks. Musical contributions were provided by Sgt. Paul Lewis of the Niagara Regional Police Service and Sgt. Peter Robinson of the New York State Courts.
Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week is a time to give special recognition to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Following the service, a reception was provided by the Niagara Falls Block Club Council in the church's fellowship hall.
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