Law enforcement personnel who died in the line of duty will be honored at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the 19th annual Niagara Interfaith Chaplaincy Police Memorial Service.
The service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 400 Ridge St., Lewiston. Police agencies from across Western New York and Southern Ontario will participate in the observance, held each year during National Police Week to honor the memories of their fallen brothers and sisters.
This year's keynote speaker will be Lewiston Police Chief Frank J. Previte III.
Previte, who joined the department in 1997, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and served 15 years as a sergeant and patrol supervisor prior to being named chief in August. A certified New York State Police and Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy instructor, he holds certifications as a hostage negotiator, weapons training instructor, firearms instructor and defensive tactics instructor.
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. The Niagara County service will feature the reading of the Roll of Honor - the roster of officers killed in the line of duty through the years - and a presentation of memorial wreaths by law enforcement agency representatives.
Agency honor guard members will join area musicians in rendering a rifle salute and "Taps" to the memories of those to be honored. Following the service, a reception will be provided by the Niagara Falls Block Club Council in the church's fellowship hall.
Host pastor for the event will be the Rev. Canon Barbara Price.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church is an accessible facility. The public is invited to this free event.