In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. National Police Week, established by a joint resolution of Congress, is set aside to recognize the every-day sacrifices that police officers make. National Police Week 2018 is May 13 – May 19.
In preparation for National Police Week, police officers from across Williamson County and police supporters will gather at 6:00 pm on May 7 to honor those who lost their lives while protecting and serving Williamson County residents.
Six greater Williamson County law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty:
- Sheriff Milton Harvey Stephens 1919
- Constable Samuel Claybrooks Locke 1925
- Constable Andrew Mattison Sullivan 1933
- Constable Clarence Wesley Reed 1944
- Deputy Sheriff John Morris Heithcock 1972
- Corporal Jeremy Caleb McLaren 2010
Monday’s Fraternal Order of Police memorial will honor each of them, as well as the 128 U.S. police officers killed in the line of duty in 2017, and the 48 who have died while protecting our communities, so far this year.
The May 7 service will begin at 6:00 pm at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street. A foot procession and concluding ceremony will follow at the Police Memorial Monument on the Square with a 21-Gun Salute and Taps. The public is encouraged to attend.