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National Police Week to be held May 11-17

Communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week—May 11-17—to honor and remember the law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.

This year the names of 286 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. These 286 officers include 100 officers who were killed during 2013. 186 of the names are from bygone years whose stories of sacrifice have been lost to history until now.

On March 2, 2013, Corporal Terry Johnson of the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office died while on duty. Corporal Johnson’s name will be added to the Memorial this year. A Candlelight Vigil held on May 13 will formally dedicate Corporal Johnson’s name to the National Law Enforcement Memorial. His memory will also be honored at a ceremony sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol on May 15.

The four remaining members of Corporal Johnson’s patrol troop are raising funds to be able to go to Washington, D.C., and participate in all of the events of National Police Week. They are sponsoring a cookout at the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office on April 4, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The public is invited and welcome to come. Any donation will be accepted and appreciated.

The menu will include hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, and chips. Several area businesses have made donations to make this fundraiser possible.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to support our sheriff’s deputies and honor Terry’s memory. I hope you join us for lunch.”—Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck

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