“Every year we gather at this time at the Ocean County Police Academy in Ocean County Park to pay tribute to the fallen heroes that have proudly served this County,” said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “We take time to remember their service and recognize their loved ones. And while we cannot gather at the academy memorial right now, Ocean County will recognize the men and women whose names grace the monument.”
In the absence of a public ceremony, a wreath and flowers will be placed at the Police Memorial Monument at 10 a.m. Friday, May 15 by Harvey Cedars Police Chief Robert Burnaford, President of the Ocean County Police Chiefs Association and Retired Bay Head Police Chief William Dikun, who has served as the master of ceremonies of the annual ceremony.
“On Friday, I want to encourage all of our residents to take time to remember the lives of Ocean County’s fallen officers – the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Kelly said. “Their service will never be forgotten. While we cannot be at the police memorial monument, we certainly can keep them in our thoughts and our prayers.”
Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy extended his gratitude to all law enforcement and peace officers during the ongoing national health crises.
“Every year we recognize the dedication and the sacrifice of all men and women of law enforcement who are no longer with us,” Mastronardy said. “We recall the important work of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and we extend our appreciation to the families and loved ones they left behind. That recognition doesn’t end because a formal ceremony cannot be held.
“I ask that you keep all of our law enforcement and emergency responders in your thoughts as they protect the public from a virus we cannot see but know how much damage it can do,” he said.
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