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KPD and local FOP to hold annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service Monday

Jamey Vicars • May 12, 2019 at 10:30 PM

KINGSPORT — May 13 -19 is National Police Week, and the Kingsport Police Department and local Fraternal Order of Police Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 will hold their annual memorial service for fallen officers on Monday at 4 p.m. at the Kingsport Justice Center.

The service will take place at the KPD Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame on the corner of West Market and Clay streets. As in past years, the public is invited to remember and honor local fallen officers, as well as fallen officers across the nation.

Sullivan County Circuit Court Clerk Bobby L. Russell will serve as the keynote speaker. Russell recently retired from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office after 32 years, and he is a longtime member, supporter and multi-term past president of the local FOP.

Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 is named in honor of two of the KPD’s fallen officers, Patrolman Ira H. Burgess and Patrolman John E. Mills, who were shot and killed in the line of duty in 1950 and 1940, respectively.

National Police Week has been the week of May 15 since 1962, when a joint resolution of Congress and President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week of May 15 National Police Week in honor and recognition of all law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

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