Sunday, May 14, 2000

Police march to recall fallen

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Today marks the start of the annual week set aside to honor police officers killed in the line of duty.

        Police departments across the country will take part in ceremonies.

        The United States averages more than 150 officer deaths a year, according to officials of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C.

        The Cincinnati Police Division will commemorate its fallen with a march Friday.

        After a noon ceremony on Fountain Square downtown, officers will march at 12:30 p.m. to the police memorial on Ezzard Charles Drive.

        Other events include:

        •Four of Cincinnati's district offices will hold police dog and SWAT demonstrations at open houses.

        The schedule: Monday, District 2 field office, 3800 Paxton Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tuesday, District 3, 3201 Warsaw Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, District 4, 4150 Reading Road, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Thursday, District 5, 1012 Ludlow Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

        •The Springfield Township Police Department holds its annual open house from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday at the station, 1130 Compton Road.

        •Newport High School student Mike Brown plans to address the Newport City Commission on Monday night to ask for a memorial plaque in honor of Officer Stanley Pitkaos, killed in 1958.

        •Northern Kentucky law- enforcement officers will gather at 10 a.m. Thursday for their annual ceremony at the Covington memorial.

        Cincinnati's last on-duty deaths were doubly difficult: Officers Dan Pope and Ron Jeter were killed together in December 1997 while trying to arrest someone on a warrant.

        Covington followed the next month with the death of Officer Mike Partin, who fell from the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge while helping another officer chase a suspect.


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