In observance of 2013 National Police Week (May 12th through May 18th) the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (PCLEMF), Inc., will present the 26th Annual Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Thursday, May 9th, 2013, 10:00 a.m., at the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial in Lakeland Veterans Park. The park is located on Lime Street, between Lake Beulah Drive and the west side of the Lakeland Center.
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 service will include:
- Joint Agency Officer Processional March
- Presentation of Colors by a Joint Color Guard from PCSO, Lakeland Police Department, Winter Haven Police Department, Bartow Police Department, and 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
- Bagpipe players
- 3 Gun Volley
- The Harrison Center for Visual and Performing Arts “Harrison Chamber Singers” will perform an ensemble of patriotic and spiritual songs
Speakers will include:
- John Sheffield, President, FOP Polk County Lodge #46
- Captain Michael L. Lawton, (Retired) PCLEMF, Inc., Chairman of the Board
- Keynote Speaker will be James Preston, President Florida State Lodge FOP
- Chief PCSO Chaplain Marvin Pittman, Major (retired), will lead the invocation and benediction.
During the "Roll Call of Heroes," the 31 Law Enforcement and Corrections officers whose names are permanently engraved on the memorial, who made the “supreme sacrifice and died in the line of duty” while serving the citizens of Polk County, will be commemorated.
FYI - Master Deputy Sheriff Shane Robbins, who recently died in the line of duty, will have his name permanently engraved on the memorial which will be unveiled during next year's service, in May 2014. His ultimate sacrifice will be mentioned during this year's ceremony, but by tradition the names of the fallen heroes are added and then unveiled by their family members during the following calendar year of when the tragedy occurred.
Immediately following the memorial service, The 26th 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).
The public is invited to attend the memorial service and luncheon. For more information, please call Michael L. Lawton, Captain (Retired) PCLEMF, Inc., Chairman, at 863-688-1725.