Peace Officers Memorial

Police departments nationwide recently honored both current and fallen officers during National Police Week.

Locally – residents, elected officials, and officers gathered for Naperville’s annual peace officers memorial observance.

The event, held at the police department, honored fallen officers and reminded the public of the sacrifices police officers make every day.

“Police work is risky,” said Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall. “We all know that when we take the oath of office to protect and serve others, it is a conscious decision. We understand the risk involved. That risk could involve sacrificing your life for another.”

The event featured a wreath presentation, bagpipes, and a moment of silence for 111 seconds – one second for every officer killed in the line of duty in 2013.

Only one Naperville officer has been killed in the line of duty, Robert Worthel in 1927.

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