|Kingsport Police Department
Dale Phipps, Chief of Police
200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
|SUBJECT:||Kingsport Police and Local FOP Invite Public to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service|
|DATE:||May 10, 2021|
|In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
This year, National Police Week will take place from May 9 through 15, 2021. Traditionally, the local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 conducts a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Justice Center during National Police Week.
While the national in-person events planned for the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. have now been postponed until the week of October 13-17, 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, our local service here in Kingsport will still take place on schedule.
The service this year will be held this coming Friday, May 14, 2021 at 4:00 PM at the Kingsport Police Department Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame, located on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport. As always, the department extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us as we remember and honor our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the nation.
Sheriff Jeff Cassidy of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office will serve as the keynote speaker, Chief Dale Phipps of the Kingsport Police Department will read the roll call of fallen officers, and Lieutenant Justin Quillin, Kingsport Police Department Chaplain, will offer the invocation.
The local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 is named in honor of two of the Kingsport Police Department’s Fallen Officers, Patrolman Ira H. Burgess and Patrolman John E. Mills, who were tragically shot and killed in the line of duty in 1950 and 1940 respectively. Information regarding these and all of K.P.D.’s Fallen Officers can be found in the following link:
The following inscription is found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
“This Memorial is dedicated to all Law Enforcement Officers in the United States of America. Inscribed on these walls are the names of those men and women who died in the line of duty. It is not how these officers died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.”
Links to the National Police Week website, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, and the Officer Down Memorial Page are provided below:
|Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer
Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)