WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 14, 2015) - Police officers from all over the country and the world travel to National Police Week. Every year members of the IMPD honor guard attend to show their support for the families of fallen officers, this year they were also honoring one of their own.
North District Patrolman Perry Renn was killed in the line of duty on July 5, 2014. He was fatally wounded while responding to a shots fired call.
"I knew Perry and he actually worked for me for a brief period of time when I was a sergeant out there and can't say enough about him," said Lt. Don Weilhammer.
11 honor guard officers made the trip from Indianapolis to Washington, D.C.
"It's a lot of hard work, long hours but it give us satisfaction," said Lt. Weilhammer.
Two honor guard members have a very special connection with National Police Week. Lt. Don Weilhammer and his wife, Lisa, met at the event in 1991. The husband and wife team work for IMPD and they are both with the honor guard.
"And so for us it means a lot, plus we are able to give back to all the people who gave to us when we were her," said Officer Lisa Weilhammer.
Officer Lisa Weilhammer knows what it's like to lose a loved one in the line of duty. Her father was killed on the job in 1989.
The couple is helping with various events during National Police Week. Their most rewarding duty is being able to spend time with teens who lost a parent.