Cheyenne Police Post Memorial To Fallen CPD Officers
In observance of National Police Week, the Cheyenne Police Department has posted a memorial on Facebook to CPD officers who have died in the line of duty.
The list of fallen officers goes back to the early 1900s but also includes two Cheyenne Police Officers who died in the 2ist century, according to the post
According to the post:
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Peace Officers Memorial Day pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
During National Police Week, the families who lost officers from all over the country travel to Washington D.C. to add their loved one’s name to the National Peace Officers Memorial. Based on data submitted to and analyzed by the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), this year a staggering 619 names will be added.
According to the post, the following Cheyenne Police Officers have died on duty:
Fallen CPD Officers:
C. Henry Edwards – 1907
Hugh C. Petrie – 1919
Charles Gatza Jr. – 1934
Jack Norwood Jernigan – 1954
Dennis M. Shuck – 2006
George “Bill” Stanford – 2007
In observance of National Police Week, at least two Wyoming police departments--Laramie and Rock Springs-- are giving away blue lights to enable people to show they "back the blue," or support police officers.