WASHINGTON D.C. – President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on Monday as the nation paused to remember officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service is part of National Police Week in Washington, D.C. Nearly 400 fallen officers were recognized during a candlelight vigil Saturday night, including Monroe County Sgt. Bill Bran, Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz, and IMPD Officer Rod Bradway.
Brand died after a convicted killer shot and killed him while he was on his way home from working at the jail in 2005. Koontz was fatally shot in March 2016 while serving a warrant. Sgt. Jordan Buckley, the other deputy that was injured in the shooting on the night Koontz was killed, is also in attendance at the ceremony.
Bradway was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2013 when he heard a woman screaming for help and kicked in her door. He was ambushed by the man behind it.
An estimated 30,000 people attended the candlelight vigil; 143 of the names read during the roll call were officers who died in the past year.
Monday’s National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. It’s expected to last approximately two hours and will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony.