On January 10, 2014, Caroline County Sheriff Randy Bounds received notification from the "National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF)" that Caroline County Deputy Sheriff Charles Henry Lankford will be added to the National Law Enforcements Memorial Wall, along with over 19,000 fellow fallen police officers throughout the United States in a ceremony later this spring.
Deputy Lankford was a Caroline County Deputy Sheriff when he died in the line of duty on 7/29/77 during an incident in Federalsburg, Caroline County. Thirty six years later, this hero will be named with his fellow fallen officers on the national memorial wall.
"The research and application process by Sergeant Nancy Nagel has taken well over a year, but was well worth the effort. We are grateful that his name will finally be memorialized in such a distinguished setting" Sheriff Bounds stated.
The Memorial features two curving, 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls. Carved on these walls are the names of more than 19,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty throughout U.S. history, dating back to the first known death in 1791. Unlike many other memorials in Washington, DC, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is ever-changing: new names of fallen officers are added to the monument each spring, in conjunction with National Police Week.
This year, the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil for National Police Week will be held on May 13th. It will be during this time that Caroline County Deputy Sheriff Charles Lankford will be added to the National Law Enforcements Memorial Wall.
To learn more about the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall please visit their website at www.nleomf.com