Friday, May 18, 2001

Memorial for fallen officers rededicated

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] Covington Police Specialist Dean Broaddus bows his head during the memorial service at the Northern Kentucky Police Memorial.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        COVINGTON — Northern Kentucky police officers gathered at the base of the Roebling Suspension Bridge on Thursday to honor fallen comrades — at a memorial just yards from where a city marshal was fatally shot by a highway bandit in 1869.

        The Northern Kentucky Police Memorial at Third and Court streets was rededicated Thursday after being moved further back from the road this year. The change was prompted after community leaders noticed people coming to pay respects to Covington Officer Michael A. Partin had to stand in the street.

        Officer Partin, the last Northern Kentucky officer to be killed in the line of duty, died in 1998 after falling off the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge into the Ohio River while chasing a suspect. He was 25.

        “The move gives the memorial the dignity it deserves,” said Kenton County Police Capt. Ed Butler, one of 200 people, mostly police officers, who attended the rededication.

        The ceremony was the first of several local observances of National Peace Officers Memorial Week. Cincinnati police will hold a march in downtown Cincinnati today.

        With bagpipes and a 21-gun salute, the police community called attention once more to the deaths of 31 Northern Kentucky officers who have fallen since Covington City Marshal John T. Thompson was shot in 1869.

        The names of the slain officers include those who worked in Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Grant, Pendleton, Bracken, Harrison, Robertson, Bourbon and Nicholas counties.

        No tax money was used to move the memorial. The three-year project was spearheaded by Southbank Partners Inc., a nonprofit group of businessmen and city leaders.


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