By Mike Kinney
In honor of National Police Week, the Richmond Police Department held its second annual department inspection ceremony, as well as a memorial to fallen police officers, at the Craneway Pavilion on Thursday.
The event was revived last year by Richmond police Chief Allwyn Brown to both honor National Police Week and, more importantly, to remind Richmond police officers and the public about the higher calling of law enforcement.
During the event, Brown paid tribute to fallen officers as a police officer played taps on bugle. RPD has lost 10 officers since 1942. They were identified as:
Officer B. Agnew (EOW-1942)
Officer M. Nugent (EOW-1946)
Lt. F. Cutshall (EOW-1953)
Officer C. Ross (EOW-1964)
Officer D. Cariker (EOW-1970)
Officer R. Fuller (EOW-1984)
Officer W. Whitty (EOW-1984)
Officer L. Garcia (EOW-1992)
Officer D. Haynes (EOW-1992)
Officer B. Moody (EOW-2008)
Last year, 135 police officers across the nation were killed in the line of duty.
“This week, you’ll see police officers wearing a black mourning band across the badge,” RPD noted. “The black band is a sign of respect and remembrance for all those who have died in the line of duty.”
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Officers Memorial Day and the week on which May 15 falls as National Police Week.
At Thursday’s event, several current officers received Life Saving Medals for their acts of valor while on the job.