L’burg Officers Ride In Washington D.C. During Police Week
By Mike Perleberg
(Washington, D.C.) – In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week in the U.S.
Members of the Lawrenceburg Police Department are out of town this day, but they are not on vacation. Rather, they are in Washington, D.C. busy assisting in activities to honor fallen officers and their families.
“It’s quite an honor,” says Lawrenceburg Police Patrolman Rodney Markland.
Markland and Sgt. Ken Losekamp are motor officers – those who ride motorcycles – for the LPD. The two are working this week in the nation’s capitol escorting some of the 286 families of fallen officers whose names were added to the National Fallen Heroes monument.
Among the officers becoming part of the memorial this year are Bardstown, Kentucky officer Jason Ellis. He was gunned down by an unknown assailant on an exit ramp on the Bluegrass Parkway on May 25, 2013.
Another local name previously placed on the memorial wall is Tom Cochran. The Lawrenceburg Police Department detective sergeant died on January 26, 2005 when his patrol car struck a patch of ice and wrecked on State Road 48 as he responded to an emergency call.
Markland, Losekamp, Chief Gene Hunefeld, and Assistant Chief Mike Lanning each visited the memorial earlier this week. The group paid their respects. Markland said he used a pencil and paper to make a rub of Cochran’s name.
On Tuesday, Markland and Losekamp were among 51 motor officers invited to escort the family of Medal of Honor recipient Army Sgt. Kyle J. White to the White House, where he was presented his medal by President Barack Obama.
The 33rd Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service is taking place at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. The two Lawrenceburg motor cycle officers are riding in a procession consisting of fallen officer families.
The local officers will also serve as escorts Friday for the children and teens of fallen policemen and policewomen during a kids day event at FBI offices in Quantico, Virginia. The National Police Survivors Conference and Concerns of Police Survivors event will allow officers’ families to learn about coping, grief, and build connections.
Lawrenceburg Police Department has sent officers to the Police Week ceremonies in Washington in 2008, 2009, and every two years after that, Markland said.