FOPA to put up ribbons for Law Enforcement Memorial Week

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The annual observance comes during National Police Week that President John F. Kennedy proclaimed in 1962 as the week of May 15, which is National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

"In his life and service, Deputy Allery exemplified courage and a willingness to do whatever had to be done regardless of circumstance", Sen. "These peace officers were a vital part of Iowa's law enforcement community", said Governor Kim Reynolds, (R) Iowa.

Allery was fatally shot by 28-year-old Melvin Gene Delong, of Belcourt, after a pursuit on January 18, 2017.

"We believe criminals who kill our police should get the death penalty, bring it forth", he added.

Since Dec. 31, 2017, three peace officers across the state have been killed. The 199 total names of police officers killed, the Roll Call of Heroes, was read out loud during the ceremony.

It involves a memorial service that will begin at noon in front of City Hall on South Main Street, sponsored by the group Friends of the Mount Airy Police Department. She says the event is also a way for the public to let officers who serve the community each day know how much they are appreciated. Over the last decade, on average 151 police officers are killed on duty in the United States each year and almost 50,000 are assaulted.

The public is invited to attend the service along with law enforcement officers and municipal employees.

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The vigil is an annual tribute to the nation's law enforcement and has become the signature event of National Police Week.

For the full comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks and selected assaults resulting in injury, please see the 2017 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report, released Monday.

Col. Winquist, Mayor Allan Fung, and U.S. Attorney Stephen Dambruch all gave remarks.

If you get a chance this week, take time to thank your law enforcement professionals for serving the Marshalltown community.

He has frequently advocated the death penalty, and on the campaign trail promised "one of the first things" he would do in office would be an executive order applying it to 'anybody killing a police man, a police woman, a police officer, anybody killing a police officer'.

On Sunday night fallen officers from all 50 states were recognized at our nation's capital.

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