Law Enforcement Memorial Week observance held in Gering


A memorial ceremony was held Wednesday morning on the front steps of the Scotts Bluff County Courthouse in Gering to observe Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Week. Tribute was paid to those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, and Nebraska State Patrol Captain Mike Gaudreault told those in attendance their service would not be forgotten.

Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman delivered emotional words about fallen Corrections Officer Amanda Baker and her life. A number of Scotts Bluff County Corrections Officers were on hand for the ceremony, along with Amanda Baker's family. Corrections Director Ron Johns presented the family with two medals and a plaque commemorating Amanda and recognizing her service.

Proclamations were delivered by Scottsbluff Police Chief Kevin Spencer, Gering Mayor Ed Mayo, and Nebraska State Patrol Captain Mike Gauldreault. The original proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day was delivered by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. And the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of events honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. In addition, local law enforcement agencies throughout the country honor the memory of fallen officers by hosting local events like the one held in Gering.

The ceremony was concluded with law enforcement honors by the local Law Enforcement Honor Guard.

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