SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HOSTS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR FALLEN OFFICERS

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HOSTS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR FALLEN OFFICERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2010

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HOSTS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR FALLEN OFFICERS

In conjunction with next Tuesday’s ceremonies to honor all area law-enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty (see below), the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department is hosting a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Monday, May 10, to honor Doña Ana County’s fallen officers and emergency workers.

The vigil, outside the Sheriff’s Department headquarters at 845 N. Motel Blvd., will begin with the posting of the colors by the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard, followed by the National Anthem, performed by Arthur Calloway. Sheriff Todd Garrison will deliver opening remarks prior to an address by New Mexico State Police Capt. Rich Libicer.

After the candles are lit, the roll call of the fallen will be issued, followed by a bagpipe duet by Sgt. Carl McBride and Major Edward McBride and then ‘Taps’ by New Mexico State Police Sgt. Tom Harzewski. The colors then will be retired by the Las Cruces Police Department Honor Guard, marking the end of the ceremony.

The public is encouraged to attend.

COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HOST OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL

Law enforcement agencies of southern New Mexico will hold a May 11 memorial service in Las Cruces to honor peace officers who have died in the line of duty.

The Southern New Mexico Fallen Peace Officers' Memorial Association will pay tribute to the officers of Doña Ana, Luna, Sierra and Otero counties who have died while serving their respective communities in the last 126 years. Personal histories and images of each officer will be briefly presented. The event is scheduled as part of Peace Officers Memorial Week.

"We're proud to commemorate the brave officers who gave their lives to protect and serve this area," said Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison. "We also want to remind those who are in the field to be safe and vigilant in their duties as peace officers."

The memorial will be held Tuesday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at the Oñate High School Performing Arts Center, located at 5700 Mesa Grande St. The service is hosted by the 24 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies serving southern New Mexico and Doña Ana County. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.