Memorial service honors officers
SALISBURY — Dozens of officers, court officials and emergency personnel honored the memory of fallen peace officers Tuesday afternoon at a memorial service in Salisbury.
Members of agencies across the county attended the 17th Annual Peace Officers Memorial Service at First Presbyterian Church. The event was part of National Police Week.
Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten was one of several who spoke to those in attendance, thanking peace officers and their families.
From a national perspective, Auten said, the numbers have been better in 2012 than 2011.
“… While losing one officer in the line of duty is too many, at this time last year in the country there had been 81 officers killed in the line of duty. As of last night there had been 36 killed,” Auten said. “We hope it’s a safer day for officers in our community.”
See tomorrow’s Salisbury Post for the rest of the story.