Commending those who consistently serve the public, fight crime, protect individual property rights, and those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice, the Weld County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed May 12-18, 2019, as National Weld County Police Officers Week, and Wednesday, May 15, 2019, as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. The board also recognized the Weld County Fallen Officer Memorial Tribute Ceremony taking place on Thursday, May 16.
“Law enforcement officers are the guardians of life, and property, and the individual’s right to be free,” Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer told Sheriff Steve Reams during the presentation. “Thank you to your staff for not only having our backs but also the backs of all of our citizens.”
The public can show its appreciation to law enforcement by attending the Weld County Fallen Officer Memorial Tribute Ceremony on Thursday, May 16. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Bittersweet Park, 35th Avenue and 16th Street in Greeley. A cookout will follow the ceremony.
“When an officer is killed in the line of duty in Weld County, we mark that officer’s name on our local memorial,” Reams said. “We invite everyone, including our entire board, to the ceremony on Thursday. We’ll have a barbecue afterwards to get to know everyone, and we’ll spend some time honoring those families that are there to celebrate the lives of those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.”
According to the proclamation, every 54 hours in 2018 an American law enforcement officer died while performing their duties. A total of 163 men and women died last year, including three from Colorado. Weld County has lost eight Officers, Troopers, and Deputies including: Officer Lee Whitman, Deputy Earl Bucher, Trooper Wallace McCarty, Officer Richard Ware, Officer James Longworth, Officer Richard Hart, Deputy Sam Brownlee, and Trooper Daniel Groves.