WASHINGTON, DC – Two Indiana police officers were among thousands in Washington, DC, who paid tribute to local, state and federal officers across the country.
On Wednesday, more than 30,000 police officers and family members gathered on the Capitol lawn to remember officers killed in the line of duty.
Officer Santos Cortez from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Officer Matt Fox from the Fortville Police Department were among those participating in the memorial. In June 2012, a drunk driver hit Cortez, paralyzing him. Fox was shot nine times during a traffic stop a month later.
After the ceremony, Fox and two other IMPD officers planned to help Cortez place a carnation in the wreath on behalf of all disabled officers across the country.
The ceremony is part of National Peace Officers’ Day, a day of remembrance established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. In 1994, President Bill Clinton directed that all flags be flown at half-staff in honor of the day. The memorial is part of National Police Week.
The FOP and the Auxiliary raised money to send Cortez and his wife to the ceremony.