Mary Sanchez places a wreath on the memorial cross.
The ceremony began with the raising of the American flag to half-staff and the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor James Boles from the Church of Christ gave the invocation. Lieutenant Jim Sepi of the Winslow Police Department welcomed all those in attendance.
After Investigator James Currier read a poem titled Last Respect, Navajo County Attorney Joel Ruechel took center stage to talk about how officers are unappreciated.
“After September 11, police officers and firemen finally got the respect. It’s sad it took that to have people acknowledge and realize how much you give to the community,” he said.
Boles was the next guest speaker. He used a biblical passage to encourage officers to do the best with what they have and to do it as soon as they possibly can.
Currier was the last speaker and he read an essay that reveals the thoughts of a police officer when he is leaving home for another shift.
After the speakers concluded their talks, Mary Sanchez, WPD’s records and dispatch coordinator, placed a wreath on the black wrought-iron cross memorial.
Lieutenant John Martin of WPD read a list of names of those who have passed away and a list of those who have died in the line of duty. The lists consisted of officers from all over Northern Arizona.
Winslow police officer Arturo Zacarias concluded the touching ceremony by reading a poem, Final Inspection. Boles closed the gathering with a prayer.