13 May 2009

In Memorium

Saturday, May 15th, has been observed as Peace Officer's Memorial Day since 1962.

According to a proclamation by George W. Bush in 2002 "Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week pay tribute to the local, State, and Federal law enforcement officers who serve and protect us with courage and dedication."

Five Beaufort County Sheriff's Office (BCSO)Deputies have died in the line of duty since 1900. Those five men were:

Benjamin Carden, date of death January 6, 1925
Elmo Langford, date of death June 6, 1927
Russell Bell, date of death April 17, 1990
A.J. Coursen, date of death January 8, 2002
Dana Tate, date of death January 8, 2002

To learn more about the circumstances of the deaths, you can come into the BDC to peruse the obituary and vertical files or you can visit the BCSO Memorial Page written by Lt. Col. Neil Baxley of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) has posted a PDF document online listing the names of the SC Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty up to 1990 on their website.

At the national level, the Officer Down Memorial Page Inc., a non-profit organization, honors more than 19,000 law enforcement officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties. The ODMP database is searchable.

Also the current issue of Police Chief Magazine includes statistics about the number of officers killed in the line of duty as well as events being held this week to honor Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day.

If you happen to see a deputy or police officer or MP this weekend at the Blue Angels Air Show, be sure to thank them for their service.

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