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City observes Police Week

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Cannelton joins nationwide salute to officers

By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor

CANNELTON – The city of Cannelton joins others across the nation as it “publicly salutes the service of law-enforcement officers in our community,” according to a proclamation designating this week as National Police Week.

The observance began yesterday and will continue through Saturday.

Signed by Cannelton Mayor Mary Snyder, Lynn Fulkerson and Melvin McBrayer, the proclamation honors “the service and sacrifice of those law-enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy.” Comprising the city’s board of public works and safety, they convened a special meeting May 5 for the sole purpose of issuing the proclamation.

“The dedicated members of the Cannelton Police Department” are among approximately 900,000 law-enforcement officers serving communities nationwide, the proclamation notes, with nearly 60,000 assaults against such officers reported each year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries.

“New names of fallen heroes are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this spring, including 105 officers killed in 2013 and 186 officers killed in previous years,” according to the document.

Six Indiana officers were among those who died last year. American flags will be flown at half staff May 15, designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day, in honor of all fallen officers and their families.

Snyder said the works board also used the occasion to recognize Police Chief Lee Hall for work he’s performing as other officers are undergoing training and for other contributions he makes to the city.