Peace Officers Memorial observance honors fallen officers
Members of Fresno County law enforcement agencies gathered Thursday afternoon at the Peace Officers Memorial in Courthouse Park in downtown Fresno for a ceremony honoring the memory of every in the line of duty death from all law enforcement agencies within Fresno County. Also, all California officers lost in the line of duty in 2018 were recognized.
The Fresno County granite memorial was erected in 1998 and the 60 names on it date back to 1889, according to Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti.
In the U.S., Peace Officers’ Memorial Day is observed on May 15 to pay tribute to local, state and federal law enforcement officers. The week in which the day falls is known as National Police Week. President John F. Kennedy made the proclamation when he signed a bill into law on Oct. 1, 1962. Much of the holiday centers on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The walls feature the names of the more than 20,000 law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty in the U.S. dating back to 1791.
During National Police Week, the public will notice many law enforcement officers wearing black bands over their badges to honor those who died while serving their respective communities.