Although there couldn’t be a formal ceremony because of the pandemic, people were encouraged to remember and honor the fallen heroes of law enforcement during Police Week.
Police Week runs May 10th through the 15th with Friday, May 15th being Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman says although they cannot gather for a memorial ceremony, they will continue their tradition of honoring the fallen heroes of law enforcement who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
“We ask that you keep all law enforcement personnel in your thoughts and prayers as we remember those we have lost and those who still serve.”
We spoke with the sheriff as he was placing a wooden flag he made in front of the courthouse.
On the flag it reads “blessed are the peacemakers” and it will be lit up with a blue light at night.
The sheriff wants people to look at the flag and remember the officers who have died in the line of duty and the officers who serve the public each and every day.
The Findlay Police Department is also encouraging people to take part in the Light Ohio Blue campaign, in which you light an exterior light blue to show support for law enforcement and to honor the fallen
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
The Light Ohio Blue campaign coincides with activities associated with Police Week.
Below is video of the Hancock County Law Enforcement Memorial at the F.O.P. Lodge on Romick Parkway in Findlay.