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Police Memorial to Honor Fallen Texas Officers

Post Date:05/14/2018 3:16 PM
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
May 14, 2018

Patti Jett
Public Affairs Coordinator
(281) 420-5802 office
(832) 217-9430 cell
E-mail: patti.jett@baytown.org

Police Memorial to Honor Fallen Texas Officers

The Baytown Police Department will hold its 2018 Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service at noon, Friday, May 18, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 3811 N. Main Street. Texas peace officers who died in the line of duty will be honored at the Department’s annual memorial ceremony. The memorial ceremony is open to the public and residents are welcomed.

This year’s memorial is held in memory of the 16 Texas law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in the past year. Nationally, there were 135 officers killed in 2017. 

"We hold this service each year here in Baytown to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our citizens in the communities that we live in," said Police Chief Keith Dougherty. “We invite everyone who would like to show their respect for the fallen officers and to support our own Baytown Police Officers who work daily to keep our streets, homes and businesses safe.”
The memorial will begin with the traditional bagpipe playing of “Amazing Grace,” and will feature a roll call of fallen Texas officers, a keynote speech by Sgt. Gabriel Gomez of the Texas Attorney General’s Office, as well as comments from Mayor Stephen DonCarlos and Police Chief Keith Dougherty. 
Sgt. Gomez has been in law enforcement for over 20 years and is also an Army helicopter pilot attached to one of the Special Forces teams.
The event comes during National Police Week, which President John F. Kennedy proclaimed in 1962 as the week of May 15, which is National Peace Officers Memorial Day.
For more information contact Officer Stewart Beasley, 281-420-6662.