APOA to host ceremonies for fallen officers on 5/11

The local chapter of the Alaska Peace Officers Association is inviting the public to attend two memorial ceremonies next Friday for this year’s National Police Week, which honors and remembers fallen law enforcement members.

The first APOA event is a wreath-laying ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery at noon on Friday.

The second is an evening ceremony at Thunder Mountain High School starting at 6 p.m. That ceremony will feature the JPD Color Guard and a presentation by Sgt. Will Cragun of the Ogden, Utah, Police Department.

Cragun has trained the JPD SWAT team for many years and is associated with the Utah team that lost one officer and had several wounded on Jan. 1.

National Police Week, which is from May 13 through May 19, recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement, especially those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. It was established in the U.S. Congress in 1962, according to its website.

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