Every year, the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) joins communities across the country that come together during National Police Week—May 13-19.
Citizens and law enforcement agencies reserve this time to recognize, honor and remember those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.
In Apache Junction, the community and AJPD remembers the loss of Officer Russell Duncan, who died during a training exercise on November 9, 1983. May he and his family be remembered and honored during this time.
A remembrance of Officer Russell Duncan will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16 in front of the police department, 1001 N. Idaho Rd.
This year, the names of 360 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These officers include 129 who were killed during 2017, plus 231 officers who died in previous years, but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.
Three Arizona peace officers will be included. Their names, agencies and date they died are: Alfred Moore, Arizona Dept. Of Liquor Control, 11/28/1965; Paul Lazinsky, El Mirage, Arizona, P.D., 12/12/2017; Rupert M Hopkins, Pima County, Arizona, S.O.; 12/18/1950.
The names of all 360 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated during the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2018, to be held on the United States National Mall between 4th and 7th streets in Washington, D.C. In order for everyone across the country to experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be webcast live, beginning at 8 p.m. (EDT) on May 13. To register for this free online event, visit www.LawMemorial.org/webcast.
The Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation’s capital during National Police Week 2018. The national observance is organized by a group of organizations led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.
On May 15th each year, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary host a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their families.
In tribute to American law enforcement officers and at the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates May 15th National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half-staff.
For more information about National Police Week, please visit www.LawMemorial.org/policeweek.
Photo above: A remembrance of AJPD Officer Russell Duncan, who passed in a training accident in 1983, will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16 in front of the police department, 1001 N. Idaho Rd. AJPD Photo from 2017 memorial