Law enforcement memorial service set for May 16

In recognition of National Peace Officers Week, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a law enforcement memorial service May 16.

Last year's memorial wreath contained one red rose to honor the seven Anoka County fallen officers. File photo by Kelly Johnson

Last year's memorial wreath contained one red rose to honor the seven Anoka County fallen officers. File photo by Kelly Johnson

The event will recognize all peace officers killed in the line of duty in Anoka County and the 177 men and women who were killed protecting communities across the nation in 2011.

The service will take place in the Anoka County Government Center atrium at noon.

Prior to the ceremony at 11:20 a.m., there will be a procession of squad cars from St. William’s Church in Fridley, where Deputy Ernest Zettergren was killed in 1953, to the government center.

Keynote speaker is retired Sgt. Bill Hammes from the Lino Lakes Police Department.

Anoka County Sheriff Stuart extends an invitation to the public to attend this event honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and to honor those who have chosen law enforcement as their career.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day; the week containing May 15 was designated National Peace Officers Week.

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