The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, DC, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1, and the DC Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors hosted the 35th Annual Washington Area Police Memorial Service at MPD’s Headquarters in downtown DC with Jennifer Donelan of ABC/WILA-TV, as master of ceremonies.
This annual service recognizes the work of all DC Metro area law enforcement officers. Special recognition was given to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2013, including Special Agent Christopher William Lorek, Special Agent Stephen Shaw, Special Agent Sang Jin, Officer Jason Schenider, and K-9 "Maxo".
Following the presentation of colors and the national anthem, introductory remarks were given by District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, followed by remarks from District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray and guest speaker Stacia A. Hylton, Director of the United States Marshals Service. Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore County Police Department, and United States Secret Service spoke about their officers lost in the past year, which was followed by a solemn roll call of fallen heroes from the DC Metro area.
Survivors, law enforcement officers and friends placed blue roses along the edge of the fountain at the Washington Law Enforcement Memorial as the names of the fallen were read. As a special tribute, an MPD helicopter conducted a ceremonial fly-over at the end of the service.
The names of the four officers honored at the service today will be dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil this Sunday, May 13 at 8:00 pm, along with 286 other officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
For more information about National Police Week 2014, including a complete schedule of events, visit www.LawMemorial.org/PoliceWeek.