Lewiston Fallen Officers Remembered During Police Week
LEWISTON, ID —
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day, with the week in which that date falls being Police Week.
Five Lewiston police officers have given their lives in the line of duty and during an emotional ceremony Tuesday, the community was reminded of their service and sacrifice.
The Clearwater Pipes and Drums played an opening presentation song and "Amazing Grace," while Aubrie Hunt sang the national anthem.
Interim police Chief Budd Hurd welcomed the crowd to the Lewiston Police Memorial, saying 28 years in the job never makes the safety concerns any less. "You're watching your brothers and sisters put on that badge and they go out to work. That badge that we wear, the badge that the men and women put on each and every day, they know the sacrifices that they put out every day to go out and protect the freedoms and the laws of this country," Hurd says. "We've lowered our flag to half-mast today to honor those not only that are serving today, but obviously those that have given the ultimate sacrifice."
A bell tolled out alongside the name of each of Lewiston's five fallen officers:
Officer Harold J. Mosman, end of watch August 9, 1921.
Officer Gordon A. Harris, end of watch October 21, 1924.
Officer Ralph T. Russell, end of watch June 15th, 1970.
Officer Edward E. Davis, end of watch November 18, 1971.
Officer Ross. D. Flavel, end of watch January 13, 1972.
"Since early January, 1972, the Lewiston Police Department has had 16,912 great days, where their officers came home," LPD Chaplain Greg Pedersen says, "It's our prayer and it's our hope that we'll never lose another officer."
Interim Chief Hurd was quick to remind attendees that being killed in the line of duty is not the only way officers are lost. "There are men and women in this profession that give their life in another way. They are not recognized at this point," Hurd says. "Law enforcement and fire personnel actually have one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. It's a fact that we need to recognize and we need, also, to understand that we need to recognize those men and women as well."
On average, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 54 hours. Already in the first quarter of 2018, the number of officers killed is in the double digits.