On May 13, 2013, Deputy First Class Scott Koenig of the Caroline County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division represented the Sheriff's Office and our county citizens this night by attending the Candlelight Vigil Honoring our nations police heros who gave their life protecting others.
An estimated 20,000 people gathered at the National Police Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Monday night for the 25th Annual Candlelight Vigil.
"At this monument 22 years ago, there were just over 12,500 names on these walls. As a special tribute to those men and women, we read each of their names in a final roll call of honor that lasted 24 hours." Craig Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, said during the ceremony. "Every year since, we've given that same honor to every name that has been added to this national treasure."
The NLEOMF maintains the memorial, hosts the annual candlelight vigil and serves as a principal organizer of National Police Week each May.
The names of 321 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty -- including 120 who died in 2012 -- were formally dedicated on the memorial's walls during the vigil.
The other 201 names "had slipped through the cracks of history and were just recently discovered by memorial research staff and volunteers across the country," according to Floyd.
The national monument now contains the names of 19,981 fallen law enforcement officers. "Tonight, we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in law enforcement service. And we also pay tribute to the surviving family members who were left behind," he said. "Behind every name on these walls are stories and memories that burn brightly. "Tonight and every night -- stories that inspire us and memories that cannot be extinguished. We will always remember these extraordinary American heroes."
Thank you to DFC Koenig for representing the Caroline County Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Caroline County, Maryland.