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2018 National Police Week and Service of Remembrance

May 8, 2018 12:13 PM

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation that set aside May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week of May 15 as National Police Week.

Each year, America sets aside this week to salute the men and women who do the difficult and often dangerous work of safeguarding our communities.  During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we celebrate those who protect and serve us every minute of each day, and we honor the courageous officers who devoted themselves so fully to others that in the process they laid down their lives for the protection of the citizens they serve.

On Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., the Park Ridge Police Department will be conducting "A Service of Remembrance". This service will honor those law enforcement officers who lost their lives in 2017 and will take place at the Police Department entrance on Circle Drive. Neighboring police departments will also be participating. 'A Service of Remembrance' is sponsored by the Park Ridge Police Department Chaplains.  Also, as part of the program Maine South Senior Mariano Audino of Boy Scout Troop 76 will be presenting a Police Memorial display dedicated to the remembrance of officers who made the ultimate sacrifice to the communities they served.

Finally, during National Police Week, the Park Ridge Police Department encourages the display of blue ribbons on vehicle antennas. These blue ribbons are a reminder of law enforcement personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice and honor those men and women who serve our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week year in and year out. Interested residents can stop by the station and pick a ribbon up although any strip of royal blue ribbon would demonstrate support.

For further information, please contact Interim Deputy Chief Michael Semkiu at 847-318-5267 or

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