Families, community pause for Police Officers’ Memorial Day event

Posted May 14, 2014 5:46 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Since 1884 — nine police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty in York County.

Wednesday, the families of those fallen officers and the community honored their sacrifice for Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

Around 150 people turned out for the 19th annual Police Memorial Day at First Baptist Church in Rock Hill, an event York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant said serves two distinct purposes.

“Not only is a way of recognizing those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Bryant said. “This is also a way that we can let the officers serving today know how much we love and appreciate them.”

Flags at public buildings in York County and the City of Rock Hill were at half-staff Wednesday.

The U.S. Government recognizes Peace Officers’ Memorial Day May 15, a practice initiated by President Kennedy in 1961.