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Polk County to honor fallen officers
Polk County to honor fallen officers

Polk County, FL -- In observance of National Police Week, May 15 - 21, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (PCLEMF), Inc., will conduct the 24th Annual Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Thursday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office – Sergeant Wesley Richard Whitmore, Jr. who died in the line of duty on December 12, 2010, while serving the citizens of Polk County, will be the 30th Polk County Law Enforcement Officer commemorated on the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial.

Family members of fallen officers, representatives from various Polk County law enforcement agencies, public service organizations, and state and local government agencies will be attending.

The service will be held at the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial in Lakeland Veterans Memorial Park. The park is located on Lime Street, between Lake Beulah Drive and the west side of the Lakeland Center.

Highlights of the service will include: the Presentation of Colors by a Joint Color Guard from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Lakeland Police Department, Winter Haven Police Department, Bartow Police Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission; Roll Call of Heroes; Fly Over by PCSO and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aviation units; Retreat of the Fallen Rider by the PCSO Mounted Unit.; Tampa Fire Department bagpipe players; 3 Gun Volley; and Taps.

The Harrison Center for Visual and Performing Arts “Harrison Chamber Singers” will perform an ensemble of patriotic and spiritual songs.

Speakers will include: John Sheffield, President, FOP Polk County Lodge #46; Captain Michael L. Lawton, (Retired) PCLEMF, Inc., Chairman of the Board. 

The Keynote Speaker will be Chuck Canterberry, National President of Grand Lodge-Fraternal Order of Police.

Fr. Nicholas J. O’Brien, Pastor of Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Lakeland will lead the invocation and benediction.

Immediately following the memorial service, the 24th Annual Memorial Service Luncheon hosted by the FOP Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund Inc., will take place at the FOP Polk County Lodge #46, located at 125 West Brannen Rd, Lakeland (east from South Florida Ave. @ Sonny’s).

The public is invited to attend the memorial service and luncheon.

For more information, please call Michael L. Lawton, Captain (Retired) PCLEMF, Inc., Chairman, at (863)688-1725.

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