Central Police Services hosts law enforcement memorial service

Gov. Scott Walker

That is what Iowa leaders and families did Friday morning in Des Moines.

On Thursday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report of 2017.

Fallen Girard Officer Justin Leo will be honored during a candlelight vigil on Sunday, May 13.

"We mourn the losses, but honor their memory", said Sen. Sheriff's Office, who died March 13, 1947 as he responded to an accident and his patrol auto went into a creekbed; Officer William E. Hickman of the Indianola Police Department, who died December 6, 1957, when he lifted a drain tile while investigating an accident and that led to an injury and a blood clot in his lung.

Of the 129 officers who lost their lives in 2017, 46 were shot to death, 31 died in an auto accident, 21 died of a job-related illness, 10 died after being struck by a vehicle, six were beaten to death, five died as a result of a motorcycle accident, five drowned, two died in a boating accident, two died as the result of an aircraft accident and one was stabbed to death.

"We're really the glue that holds communities together and it feels good to see people still believe in us and that they still come here and honor our fallen officers and believe in what we do", State Trooper Sergeant Jessie Carson said.

Those who have fallen in the line of duty here at home will not be forgotten and a local officer who nearly joined his comrades speaks at the 2018 Southwest Missouri Peace Officers Memorial Service. Deputy William A Maxwell, former Plymouth County Sheriff's Deputy, was killed back in 1919. Family members also placed a red rose on a wreath in honor of their loved ones. "Not only those recently, but those in the past that have never been recognized and their names now put on the memorial wall". "Their names are called out often, and they are with us always". "A community that continually keeps our families, neighbors, and visitors safe". It is a week to thank current, and retired peace officers for protecting and serving our communities.



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