Law enforcement to be recognized at Church of the Epiphany service Sunday

The Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) will host its 30th annual ecumenical service Sunday, May 6 at Church of the Epiphany, Coon Rapids.

The service, which is hosted by the Coon Rapids Police Department, starts at 2:30 p.m. with a lunch to follow.

The service recognizes all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Guest speakers will be Alana Bowe, daughter of the late Minnesota State Patrol Cpl. Timothy Bowe, and Jennifer Silvera-Lindemer, spouse of the late Lino Lakes Police Officer Shawn Silvera.

Bowe’s “end of watch” was June 7, 1997; he lived in Coon Rapids.

The “end of watch” for Silvera, a Coon Rapids High School graduate who started his law enforcement career as a community service officer with the Coon Rapids Police Department, came Sept. 6, 2005.

Rev. Dennis Zehren, senior pastor at Church of the Epiphany, will deliver the opening prayer, then Tom Ramsdell, LEMA president, will give the organization’s message.

Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise will welcome attendees at the service, while Brian Johnson and Teresa Kallio will sing “Who Am I” and Silvera-Lindemer will perform “If I Could Bring You Back” and “Psalm 23.”

An honor roll of 263 law enforcement officers in Minnesota who have died in the line of duty dating back to 1874 will be presented and out-of-state officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and have Minnesota survivors will also be recognized.

Also taking part in the service will be the LEMA Honor Guard and police pipes and drums.

The Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial resources to the Coon Rapids Police Department to prevent and fight crime in Coon Rapids, has provided financial assistance for the lunch that follows the service.

According to its website, LEMA is dedicated to assisting the families and home agencies of those law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

LEMA board members are police officers, survivors and friends of fallen officers who volunteer their time; all contributions go to supporting the activities of the association.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]