Sergeant Christen Shea, Detective Rian Shea, and Detective Christopher Shea, who are all related (Rian and Christopher are brothers, and Rian and Christen are husband & wife), will be marching in the 24th Annual Aquidneck National Police Parade in Newport, Rhode Island on Sunday, May 6, 2007. The Shea brothers are originally from Rhode Island, and the family made the trek up north last year to participate in this annual event and to represent the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
This year, the trio will join other parade participants, including their other brother, Patrick, who is a detective with the Newport Police Department, to honor Deputy Sheriff Matt Williams and his K-9 partner, Diogi, who were killed in the line of duty on September 28, 2006. The Shea family will march with a PCSO agency flag.
Each year, the Aquidneck National Police Parade honors fallen law enforcement officers, usually from the New England area. This year, the Shea family expressed a desire to have the parade honor Matt & Diogi, although they were killed in Florida, nearly 1300 miles away. The Sheas were the only participants from the state of Florida last year. Other participants from outside the state have included the NYPD brass band, the U.S. Marine Corps silent drill team, the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Iowa State Police, and the Dallas Police Department. For more information: www.policeparade.org.