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Officers remember fallen comrades
May 16, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Margaret Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Law enforcement officers and local dignitaries honored the fallen Monday with a ceremony at the Scotts Bluff County Courthouse lawn. From left, Brian Wasson, John States, Mike Geaudreault, Mayor Ed Mayo and Philip Eckerberg hold reverence during the ceremony.

By On Monday, law enforcement agencies from around the county gathered at the Scotts Bluff County Courthouse in memory of their fallen comrades.

Sergeant Philip Eckerberg of the Scottsbluff Police Department said the event is scheduled annually during May as part of National Police Officers Memorial Week.

“We want to remember those who were killed in the line of duty,” Eckerberg said. “We need to honor their memory for their sacrifice.”
Participating agencies included Troop E of the Nebraska State Patrol, which has lost 11 officers over the years; Gering and Scottsbluff Police Departments, who have each lost one officer; and the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff, which hasn’t had an officer die in the line of duty.

The event also honored retired officers who have died in the past year, including Nancy Paetow of the Scottsbluff Police Department and Deputy Sheriff Mike McCoy.

“This is also a time for the public to remember the importance of law enforcement in their communities,” Eckerberg said. “Officers work at all hours and on holidays. Because of them, our towns are a safe place to live.”

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