Elkhart Police honored fallen officers for National Police Week

ELKHART, Ind. – Elkhart Police Department held a memorial for fallen officers on Tuesday, May 15th to honor National Police Week.

Elkhart Police and other officials honored officers who died protecting and saving others as well as current officers who have done exemplary work.

Police officers of the past that will be honored are:

  • Willard Burton (1888)
  • Oren Shelmadine (1920)
  • Henry Wentz (1924)
  • Douglas Adams (2001)
  • Michael Swygart (2009)

The ceremony was held at the Elkhart Police/Fire Memorial at the Elkhart Riverwalk around 12 p.m.

President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the calendar week of May 15th as National Police Officers Memorial Day in 1962. The week is to honor and recognize law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

To find more photos from the event, click here. 

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