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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
May 16, 2002
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Kacky Finnell, LPS Public Information Officer, 441-7226

Mayor Praises Police Officers on Law Enforcement Memorial Day

Mayor Don Wesely today said the city’s low crime rate is a credit to the outstanding work of the Lincoln Police Department. The Mayor made the remarks in recognition of Law Enforcement Memorial Day, which is observed across the nation every year on May 15.

"Today we honor those officers killed while protecting the citizens of this community, state and nation," said Mayor Wesely. "This is also an opportunity for us to say thank you to all the officers who have served us in the past, who serve today, and who will serve in the future."

The Lincoln Police Department will honor those officers who have given their lives in the line of duty by participating in a memorial service at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island.

Lincoln Police Department Officers killed in the line of duty who will be honored this evening are Charles E. Hall, killed March 31, 1917; Richard E. Leyden, killed September 26, 1949; Frank H. Soukup, killed December 16, 1966; Paul B. Whitehead, killed August 10, 1967; and George W. Welter, killed February 9, 1968.

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