Boone County community comes together to remember officers killed in line of duty

BOONE COUNTY, Ind – As the nation continues to honor police officers for their service and sacrifice during National Police Week, here at home, neighbors in Boone County are remembering fallen Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett.

On Tuesday morning, the Lebanon community held a memorial service for local officers killed in the line of duty.

“I’ve seen what good this community does and it’s a very strong knit community,” said Boone County resident, Wesley Rimmer. “I just wanted to come out and show my appreciation to the fallen and the officers because they’ve made an impact on my life”

Boone County Sheriff deputies, along with first responders and community members gathered as Deputy Pickett’s name was added to the memorial.

“We’ve done this for many years now, but it’s very touching for us because we lost one of our own just over two months ago,” said Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen. “It’s probably one of the hardest things that this community, this department and other public safety agencies have ever gone through.”

Deputy Pickett was fatally shot on March 2 while helping Lebanon police serve a warrant. He left behind his wife and two young children.

“This was a very emotional service,” said Sheriff Nielsen. “But at the same time, it’s part of that healing process for us and it was great to honor Jake and the other three officers that have been killed in the line of duty here.”

On Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., every Applebee’s in the state will take part in a ‘Dining to Donate’ fundraiser in honor of Deputy Pickett. The restaurant chain will donate 15 percent of each bill to Pickett’s family.

Take a look at some more memorial events happening this week:

Thursday

  • 2:00 p.m. @ Kokomo City Hall in the Stephen J. Daily Government Center (Council Chambers)
  • Public is encouraged to attend as the Kokomo Police Department will pay homage to all officers with particular attention to Officer George A. Berryman and Officer Thomas W. Lannon.

Friday

  • 9 a.m. @ the public safety plaza near Second and Jackson streets in Columbus
  • Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop is scheduled to speak at the 30-minute event which will feature area law enforcement Honor Guards, bagpipes, a “21 gun” salute, and the playing of taps.