The Storm Lake Police Department will join law enforcement agencies throughout the nation in remembering those officers who gave their lives in the line of duty last year and the families and loved ones they leave behind.
This reflection on the loss of lives will take place during Police Memorial Week which runs May 9 to May 15. Police Memorial Day is Saturday, May 15.
In 2003, 148 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. Of those officers killed, 142 were male and six were female. They worked in 38 of our nation's 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and one federal agency.
Information reflects that 53 officers died in motor vehicle accidents, 52 were shot to death, 13 were struck by vehicles, 11 died in motorcycle accidents, six died from job related illnesses, four officers drowned, two officers suffered fatal beatings, two fell to their deaths, one was stabbed to death, one died in an aircraft accident, one was electrocuted, one was strangled and one was hit by a train.
The Storm Lake Police Department will remember these fallen heroes by displaying a memorial wreath in the lobby of the Police Station. All Storm Lake Police Officers will have their badges draped in black and the Police Station's flag will be flown at half mast from 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 9 through 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 16.
Public Safety Director Mark Prosser says, "We're fortunate that none of our officers have been seriously injured in the wake of a series of assaults on officers over the past year and the constant threat they deal with day in and day out. We join our brothers and sisters from around the nation in remembering those who gave their lives in the protection of others."