A candlelight service paying tribute to the 129 national law enforcement deaths in 2017 will help usher in National Police Week on Sunday, May 13, at Broadway Park in Seaside. The one-hour, public ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. and include a name-by-name reading of all who lost their lives during the 2017 calendar year.
Four fallen officers from Clatsop County will also be recognized during the event. They include Seaside Sergeant. Jason M. Goodding, Clatsop County Sheriff Almond L. Eastman, Warrenton Police Reserve Robert B. McMaster, and Oregon State Police Sergeant James D. Shepperd.
National Police Week dates back to 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a public law that declared May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. The annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice includes ceremonies throughout the week in Washington, D.C.
The 129 national deaths in 2017 followed a year in which 159 lives were lost, including Sgt. Goodding from the Seaside Police Department. Records dating back to 1791 detail 21,541 peace officers that have lost their lives while serving communities throughout the United States. The 183 who have died while serving in the state of Oregon are recognized each May at the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial in Salem.