National Peace Officer Memorial Day - Honoring Those Who Gave The Ultimate Sacrifice

Even though New Haven Police Chief John Sheible (pictured on left) was off duty he still stopped to help at a vehicle accident. (photo by Kyle Quick)

By Kyle Quick

Today, May 15 is a day we remember officers killed in the line of duty on National Peace Officer Memorial Day.  Flags are lowered to half-staff across the Untied States as a symbol, expressing their sympathy and appreciation to all police officers who place their life on the line everyday, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week.

Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

A day that we honor those who have died in efforts to protect the lives of others and a day that we say “thank you” to the men and women who continue risking their lives each and everyday.

New Haven Police Chief John Sheible gets a hug from student at New Haven Elementary.

In 2014, 127 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers paid the ultimate sacrifice, with a total 273 officers who will be added to the Wall of Fallen Officers. 

The additional officers are ones who were injuried in the line of duty and eventally died due to their injuries.  According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s website.

In 2014, two officers in Missouri were killed, Matthew Chism on 11/2/14 of the Cedar County Sheriff's Office and Eddie Johnson, Jr. on 10/20/14 of the Alton Police Department.

Each year, America sets aside a week to salute the men and women who do the difficult, dangerous, and often thankless work of safeguarding our communities.

Our Nation's peace officers embody the very idea of citizenship -- that along with our rights come responsibilities, both to ourselves and to others

During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we celebrate those who protect and serve us every minute of every day, and we honor the courageous officers who devoted themselves so fully to others that in the process they laid down their lives.

Just as police officers never let down their guard, we must never let slide our gratitude. We should extend our thanks not only in times of tragedy, but for every tragedy averted -- every accident avoided because a patrol officer took a drunk driver off the streets, every child made safer because a criminal was brought to justice, every life saved because police officers raced to the scene. In other words, we must show our gratitude every day.

We are blessed here in New Haven as well as across Franklin County to have police officers department who truly care about the safety of our community. 

In regards to our local community, it is rare for smaller town to have officers who spend the vast majority if not their entire career’s with one department.  This is a testament to their dedication and care for our community.

The next time you see a any police officer take a second to say thank you, let them know you appreciate all they do and are thankful for the sacrifices they make.

QuickNewsNow would like to thank not only our local police officers but all law enforcement for everything you do and most importantly your willingness to put our lives ahead of your own life.
Roll Call of the 100 officers who were killed in the line of duty.

2015 Roll Call of the 273 officers who were killed in the line of duty.


GarrettJeffrey10/27/14ALDothan Police Department
HartJames11/23/14ALElmore County Sheriff's Office
KelleyWilliam4/18/14ALCovington County Sheriff's Office
WilliamsonJohn10/25/14ALButler County Sheriff's Office
JohnsonPatrick5/1/14AKAlaska State Troopers
RichGabriel5/1/14AKAlaska State Troopers
HobbsJohn3/3/14AZPhoenix Police Department
PayneDavid10/31/14AZChandler Police Department
StewartTyler12/27/14AZFlagstaff Police Department
RichardsonAllen "Pete"     3/17/14AELafayette County Sheriff's Office
CorderJordan9/30/14CACovina Police Department
CortijoChristopher4/9/14CALos Angeles Police Department
Davis, Jr.Michael10/24/14CAPlacer County Sheriff's Department
Del FiorentinoRicky3/19/14CAMendocino County Sheriff's Office
DiamondShaun10/29/14CAPomona Police Department
GonzalezJuan2/17/14CACalifornia Highway Patrol
HewellScott6/11/14CAStockton Police Department
KostiuchenkoYevhen10/28/14CAVentura County Sheriff's Office
LawBrian2/17/14CACalifornia Highway Patrol
LeeNicholas3/7/14CALos Angeles Police Department
MitchellTimothy12/30/14CAAvalon Harbor Patrol
OliverDanny10/24/14CASacramento County Sheriff's Department
SanchezRoberto5/3/14CALos Angeles Police Department
Smith, Jr.Tom1/21/14CABay Area Rapid Transit Police Department
BaldwinDavid1/26/14COJefferson County Sheriff's Office
GermanRobert3/22/14FLWindermere Police Department
HorneMichael1/27/09FLHendry County Sheriff's Office
Kondek, Jr.Charles12/21/14FLTarpon Springs Police Department
LarsonMark3/24/14FLJacksonville Sheriff's Office
PineJonathan2/11/14FLOrange County Sheriff's Office
RichardChelsea5/3/14FLFlorida Highway Patrol
SmithChristopher11/22/14FLLeon County Sheriff's Office
HawkNoel5/4/14GAEatonton Police Department
JordanKevin5/31/14GAGriffin Police Department
NorrisMichael9/14/14GAMonroe County Sheriff's Office
ThomasSteven5/21/14GAFranklin County Sheriff's Office
MorrissyJames3/17/14ILOak Forest Police Department
CalvinJacob6/28/14INTipton County Sheriff's Office
RennPerry7/5/14INIndianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
SchultzNickolaus9/7/14INMerrillville Police Department
WesterfieldJeffery7/6/14INGary Police Department
SniderHoward6/17/12IAAmes Police Department
HarwoodJason9/7/14KATopeka Police Department
BranhamBobby5/14/13KYLouisville Division of Police
Bares, Jr.Allen6/23/14LAVermilion Parish Sheriff's Office
Foster, Jr.James12/30/14LADenham Springs Police Department
Papillion, Jr.Carlos1/28/14LASt. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office
ClagettJamel12/21/14MDCharles County Sheriff's Office
MaloneyGregory4/1/14MAPlymouth Police Department
SimmondsDennis4/10/14MABoston Police Department
CharlesChad5/21/14MIMichigan Department of Corrections
WhitakerGrant12/7/14MIIngham County Sheriff's Office
PatrickScott7/30/14MNMendota Heights Police Department
CollumJohn5/9/14MSMississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
StreetJohn12/16/14MSGeorge County Sheriff's Office
ChismMatthew11/2/14MOCedar County Sheriff's Office
Johnson, Jr.Eddie10/20/14MOAlton Police Department
Dunn, IJoseph8/14/14MTCascade County Sheriff's Office
BakerAmanda2/16/14NEScotts Bluff County Detention Center
HeckerMark8/12/14NEButler County Sheriff's Office
BeckAlyn6/8/14NVLas Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
SoldoIgor6/8/14NVLas Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
ArkellStephen5/12/14NHBrentwood Police Department
Arocha, Jr.Reinaldo9/16/14NJNewark Police Department
GoodellChristopher7/17/14NJWaldwick Police Department
PetruzzelloStephen12/29/14NJCliffside Park Police Department
SantiagoMelvin7/13/14NJJersey City Police Department
HaaseAnthony10/26/14NMRio Rancho Police Department
BordonaroFrank7/8/14NYGenesee County Sheriff's Office
ChoiThomas12/29/14NYTriborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police
GuerraDennis4/9/14NYNew York City Police Department
LiuWenjian12/20/14NYNew York City Police Department
MayvilleDouglas4/9/14NYAlbany Police Department
PiersonDaryl9/3/14NYRochester Police Department
RamosRafael12/20/14NYNew York City Police Department
SkinnerChristopher5/29/14NYNew York State Police
Smith, Jr.David3/31/14NYJohnson City Police Department
WilliamsMichael9/21/14NYNew York City Police Department
GreeneJeffrey11/19/14NCUnion County Sheriff's Office
KlingenschmidtStanley6/15/13NCSouthern Pines Police Department
ThalmannAlexander3/31/14NCNew Bern Police Department
Paris, Sr.Michael8/1/12OHOhio State Highway Patrol
WinebrennerJustin11/16/14OHAkron Police Department
BeckBrian1/23/14OKWashita County Sheriff's Office
ChaseKelley10/13/12OKOklahoma City Police Department
FisherTerry1/12/14OKOklahoma County Sheriff's Office
WeeksMitchell1/6/12OKMcAlester Police Department
WillhightKristian1/23/14OKBurns Flat Police Department
ChampionRichard12/14/14PAPerryopolis Borough Police Department
Dickson, IIBryon9/12/14PAPennsylvania State Police
KedraDavid9/30/14PAPennsylvania State Police
PierceSheryl9/14/13PASouth Londonderry Township Police Department
MatuskovicJoseph9/8/14SCCharleston County Sheriff's Office
Smith, Jr.Holmes11/5/14SCClarendon County Sheriff's Department
JohnsonDavid1/12/14TNMontgomery County Sheriff's Office
PerrittDarrell11/4/14TNMaury County Sheriff's Department
PetrinaMichael5/10/14TNMetro Nashville Police Department
BucklesPaul5/30/14TXPotter County Sheriff's Office
DinwiddieCharles5/11/14TXKilleen Police Department
DixonWayland6/19/14TXLittle River-Academy Police Department
HollisJessica9/18/14TXTravis County Sheriff's Office
Johnson, Jr.Cleveland8/28/14TXTitus County Constable's Office
KelleyMarc3/14/14TXTrinity University Police Department
Martinez, Sr.Alejandro11/21/14TXWillacy County Sheriff's Office
NaylorMichael10/9/14TXMidland County Sheriff's Office
PimentelMichael8/23/14TXElmendorf Police Department
Valdez, IIIJesse10/29/14TXHarris County Sheriff's Office
WrideCory1/30/14UTUtah County Sheriff's Office
BergerBryan4/28/14VASpotsylvania County Sheriff's Office
House, IIIPercy1/31/14VAGreensville County Sheriff's Office
JonesBrian5/30/14VANorfolk Police Department
HansenDerek3/28/14WAWapato Police Department
SeversenMichael4/14/14WIPolk County Sheriff's Office
Albarati-CasanaOsvaldo2/26/13FederalU.S. Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons
BaskettMichael11/26/13FederalU.S. Dept. of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons
CabreraJair5/24/14FederalSalt River Police Department, Tribal Police
CrispJason3/12/14FederalU.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations
FeldtBrian12/23/13FederalU.S. Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons
GianniniAlexander5/28/14FederalU.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol
HoltzClinton1/17/14FederalU.S. Capitol Police
KountzBrandon3/31/13FederalU.S. Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons
MayoMark3/24/14FederalUnited States Navy Security Forces
McKnightFrank5/29/14FederalU.S. Dept. of Justice, U.S. Marshals Service
Montoya, Sr.Ernest11/30/14FederalNavajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police
RobledoTyler9/12/14FederalU.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol
Amaro-FantauzziGeniel8/25/14PRPuerto Rico Police Department
Correa-OrtegaJoaquin3/10/14PRPuerto Rico Police Department
Morales-SantiagoMarielis4/10/14PRPuerto Rico Police Department
Mujica de LeonFrancisco12/20/10PRPuerto Rico Department of Justice
Rivera-VegaCarlos1/21/14PRPuerto Rico Police Department
Torres-MarinMario12/20/10PRPuerto Rico Department of Justice