Under sunny skies and a courthouse flag at half-staff, Monroe County officials and residents honored officers killed in the line of duty Tuesday. May 15 is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Bloomington’s ceremony honored seven Monroe County officers that made the ultimate sacrifice including the most recent, Sergeant Bill Brand killed in 2005 and Deputy Sarah Jones killed ten years ago.
Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain remembered both.
“In this day of remembrance, the two most recent losses from our community reflect what happens across our nation when law enforcement officers are lost,” Swain says.
134 officers died in the line of duty across the nation in 2017 and officer fatalities are up 9-percent. 51 have already died this year.
Today’s ceremony coincides with the 37th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.