Friday, April 06, 2001

National memorial to bear Crayon's name

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The name of Cincinnati Police Officer Kevin Crayon will be etched into the granite at the national memorial for dead officers in Washington, D.C.

        Officer Crayon's name, with 312 others, will be unveiled and read May 13 during the annual candlelight vigil at the memorial. His name joins other Cincinnati officers' names on the wall, including Officer Daniel Pope and Spec. Ron Jeter, killed in 1997.

        Officer Crayon, 40 and father of three, died Sept. 1 on Colerain Avenue in Mount Airy. He was dragged by a car driven by a 12-year-old, Courtney Mathis. Officer Crayon shot Courtney, then fell off the car. The boy later died, too.

        The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was approved by Congress in 1984 and dedicated in 1991. It bears more than 15,000 names.

        The candlelight vigil kicks off National Police Week.


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