Press release submitted by David Struckman|
Reference: Police Memorial Day
In the past week, Quad Cities law enforcement agencies joined together to honor the memory of all QCA officers who lost their life in the service of their communities.
Annually, May 15th, is the National Police Memorial Day. Nationwide the American Flag will be flown at half-staff in memory of law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving to protect the lives and property of us all. Memorial services will be conducted in many locations.
On Monday, May 14th, the Davenport Police Department will honor our fallen heroes with a short ceremony and the placing of flowers on the graves of the 4 Davenport Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty.
The ceremonies will begin at the Davenport Police Department (Media/Community Room) at 10:00 am with the gathering of officers from Davenport and other Quad Cities law enforcement agencies. Honor Guard members from Davenport Fire Department, Scott County Sheriff's Department, Iowa State Patrol and Bettendorf Police Department will join the Davenport Police Department Honor Guard in the cermonies.
Expected to attend are family members of slain officers Emil Speth, Bernard Geertz, William Jurgens and Michael Farnsworth.
At 10:00 am, Captain David Struckman, Davenport Police Department Honor Guard Commander, will introduce the families of our officers killed in the line of duty. In addition, family members of retired Davenport Police Officers who have passed away in the last year will also be recognized.
Honor Guard Officer Sam Miller will read the names of the fallen officers and provide a short report on how each gave their life for our community.
Chief Frank Donchez and William Albracht, United States Secret Service Special Agent (retired) will present their comments on police service and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their jurisdictions.
At the conclusion of the inside ceremonies, we will gather outside of the entrance to the Police Department for a short ceremony and the playing of "TAPS" by Clinton County Reserve Deputy William Hall.
Police led processions will then depart from the Police Department to Memorial Park Cemetery (Detective Sergeant Jurgens and Officer Michael Farnsworth) and to Fairmount Cemetery (Officer Emil Speth) where flowers will be placed on the graves of the officers. Officers will also place flowers on the grave of Bernard Geertz at Holy Family Cemetery.
After the grave site visits, a luncheon sponsored by Union of Profession Police and the Davenport Police Association will be held in the Media-Community Room.
Please plan on attending.
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