To celebrate Police Memorial Day, the Winslow Police Department honored all the officers who didn’t return from their last shift during a ceremony at Desert View Cemetery on Thursday.
WPD Patrol Officers Jack Barger (below left), Sgt. Ken Arend and Patrol Officer Herb Carruthers raised the flag to half-mast to begin the annual ceremony.
Desert View Baptist Church Pastor Greg Oman led a prayer for the officers and their families followed by a welcome address from Chief Stephen Garnett. Arizona Parks Ranger Roberto Sheets and Mayor Jim Boles read poems that explained the sacrifices that law enforcement officers make to serve the public. Boles said he was inspired to write his poem after reading about Phoenix Police Officer David Uribe, who was killed during a traffic stop on May 10.
Navajo County Deputy Prosecutor Greg Green also shared his admiration for the work of law enforcement officers.
Following the speeches, Vivian Stinson and Darleen Evans from the WPD placed a wreath on the iron cross at the base of the flagpole. WPD Officer Jon Atkinson then read a lengthy list of officers from Northern Arizona communities that died while on duty.
The ceremony ended with a recording of Taps. Barger, Arend and Carruthers retired the flag then went back to patrolling the streets.