In light of National Police Week, county residents are invited to attend a fallen officers ceremony Thursday to pay tribute to local officers who have died in the line of duty.
There ceremony is open to the public and will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at Simon Park in downtown Conway.
"Lets remember those who gave their lives protecting ours," Conway Police Department spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said as she encouraged area residents to attend. "We hope to see you there."
The Conway Police Department, University of Central Arkansas and Faulkner County Sheriff's Office will gather along with other county law enforcement officers and residents to pay tribute to those who have died while serving their community.
Officers to be honored during Thursday's ceremony include:Patrolman Robert “Bob” W. Martin who was killed by gunfire on March 24, 1981. Patrolman Barry Kent McDaniel who was killed by vehicular assault on April 2, 1982. Patrolman Lawrence Ray Noblitt who was killed by gunfire on Nov. 7, 1988. Patrolman William “Will” McGary who was hit by a vehicle and killed while directing traffic at the scene of a crash on Feb. 1, 2013. Deputy Oscar L. Honea who was killed by gunfire on Oct. 23, 1914. Deputy William E. Hathaway was killed by gunfire on Aug. 5, 1931. Deputy Jimmy “Jim” Wooley died as the result of a fall while investigating a theft on Aug. 5, 2003. Deputy Hans Fifer died from a heart attack during SWAT training on April 8, 2013.
FCSO Chief Deputy Matt Rice said he encourages all county residents to attend this service in honor of local officers who gave their lives for the communities they serve.
"It's a nice tribute to law enforcement, especially the ones in this county that have passed while serving in this community," he said of the annual fallen officers ceremony.
Former president John F. Kennedy dubbed May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls on as National Police Week back in 1962.
"[I]t is important that our people know and understand the problems, duties, and responsibilities of their police departments and the necessity for cooperating with them in maintaining law and order," the original proclamation reads in part. "[I]t is fitting and proper that we express our gratitude for the dedicated service and courageous deeds of law enforcement officers and for the contributions they have made to the security and well-being of all our people."