In observance of 2012 National Police Week, May 13 -19, 2012, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (PCLEMF), Inc., will conduct the 25th Annual Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Thursday, May 10, 2012, 10:00 a.m., at the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial in Lakeland Veterans Memorial Park. The park is located on Lime Street, between Lake Beulah Drive and the west side of the Lakeland Center.
Lakeland Police Officer – Arnulfo Crispin, who died in the line of duty on December 21, 2011, while serving the citizens of Lakeland and Polk County, will be 5th City of Lakeland police officer and the 31st Polk County Law Enforcement Officer commemorated on the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial.
Family members of fallen officers, representatives from various Polk County law enforcement agencies, public service organizations, and state and local government agencies will be attending.
Highlights of the memorial service will include: Presentation of Colors by a joint agency Color Guard from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Lakeland Police Department, Winter Haven Police Department, Bartow Police Department, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission; Roll Call of Heroes; Fly Over by PCSO and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aviation units; Retreat of the Fallen Rider by the PCSO Mounted Unit.; Tampa Fire Department bagpipe player(s); Joint Agency Honor Guard - 3 Gun Volley; and Taps. The Harrison Center for Visual and Performing Arts “Encore Signers” will perform an ensemble of patriotic and spiritual songs.
Speakers will include: John Sheffield, President, FOP Polk County Lodge #46; Michael L. Lawton, Captain (Retired), PCLEMF, Inc., Chairman of the Board. Keynote Speaker will be: City of Lakeland - Chief of Police, Lisa Womack, and Pastor Douglas Barillas, River of God Christian Church, Plant City, will lead the invocation and benediction.
Immediately following the memorial service, the 25th Annual Memorial Service Luncheon hosted by the FOP Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund Inc., will take place at the FOP Polk County Lodge #46, located at 125 West Brannen Rd, Lakeland (east from South Florida Ave. @ Sonny’s).