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Longmont to host Peace Officer Memorial on Thursday

Memorial to honor 10 lives lost in line of duty last year
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The annual Peace Officer Memorial takes place in this file photo from May 15, 2019. (Photo by Macie May/ Longmont Observer)

The Longmont and Boulder police along with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office will host an annual Peace Officer Memorial on Thursday in Longmont.

The event will honor the 10 Colorado police officers who lost their lives in 2021, including special tributes to Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley and Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesely. The other eight officers being honored died of COVID-19.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will be 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center Mall, 350 Kimbark, in Longmont.

Speakers will include Longmont Public Safety Chief Zach Ardis, Boulder Police Deputy Chief Carey Weinheimer, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle and Longmont Mayor Joan Peck. The memorial will include the Knights of Columbus, bagpipes, buglers, a drummer, Longmont Police Explorers and the Longmont Police Honor Guard.

The event is being coordinated and hosted by the Longmont Public Safety Chaplains as part of National Police Week, which pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Across the U.S., 616 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2021.

Amy Golden

About the Author: Amy Golden

I grew up in Colorado Springs and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
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