Honoring Fallen Police Officers

Police officers across America and right here in Naperville honored fallen policemen and women at the annual Peace Officer Memorial.

Naperville’s finest gathered with local officials, families, and residents to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“This remembrance symbolizes our gratitude to those officers who we honor and to their families,” said Police Chief David Dial. “To the colleagues and families of the officers we honor today, I extend my sincere condolences of the tremendous loss and gratitude for your sacrifice.”

During a wreath presentation, Chief Dial recognized all 17 police officers killed in the line of duty in DuPage County while a representative from their department laid a rose in their honor.

Attendees then observed a moment of silence for 163 seconds. The seconds represented every officer killed in the line of duty across the country in 2011.

The ceremony also featured a flag ceremony, Taps, pipes and drums and special music from two Naperville Central students.

One Naperville police officer has been killed in the line of duty, Robert Worthel back in 1927.

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