Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quaker FOP 88 Holds Annual Peace Officer's Memorial Service

Monday – May 16: Once again we were privileged to be invited to the Fraternal Order of Police Quaker Lodge 88's National Peace Officer's Memorial Service. The Salem lodge holds the service every year around this time as part of the National Police Month. The breakfast buffet was held at the Taste of Country in Lisbon. Guess speaker was US Marshall Peter Elliott of the Northern District of Ohio. US Marshalls are appointed by the President and serve as part of the US Department of Justice.

Elliott said he came from a long line of peace officers. His Great Grandfather was the Chief of Police in Alliance, Ohio years ago. His Grandfather and father were also police officers.

Elliott spoke of the “brotherhood” that all peace officers share no matter where they serve. He noted that the first known officer killed in the line of duty was Marshall Robert Forsythe 217 years ago in 1794. As with Forsythe all those years ago, whenever a police officer is killed in the line of duty their fellow officers gather from all over in support of their families. Elliott noted that there is no other “brotherhood” like that of police officers.

A moment of silent prayer was concluded with Glenn Duncan, pictured here, playing Amazing Grace on the bag pipes.

Also pictured above, from the left, is CC Sheriff Ray Stone, CC Sheriff Office Sgt. Ken Biacco, retired, FOP Lodge 88 President, Lt. Don Beeson, Salem PD and US Marshall Peter Elliott.

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