Craig Floyd (National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Executive Director), SGT Aaron Livell, SGT Earnest Capitilo, CPL Killian Hayter (3rd US Infantry Regiment- Arlington National Cemetery), and Thomas Faust (DC Dept. of Corrections & COG Corrections Chief Committee Chair) Photo Credit: Elliot Harkavy (COG)
On Saturday, May 3rd, the Council of Governments Corrections Chiefs Committee sponsored the 23rd Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of fallen corrections officers at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC. The ceremony commenced National Correctional Employees Week, and brought together local officials from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia as well as correctional employees and their families from around the United States.
On behalf of the region’s 22 local cities and counties, COG Executive Director Chuck Bean welcomed the distinguished correctional executives and personnel, government officials, and families and friends in attendance.
Special guest speaker, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Karol Mason, told attendees that the fallen officers “died bravely fulfilling their responsibilities to their institutions – and to the American people. They gave their lives to carry out one of the vital functions, and one of the most difficult challenges, required of a democracy: the care and protection of those committed to the custody of the state.”
Following the ceremony, honor guard teams from jurisdictions in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia met in the annual honor guard competition. Prince George's County Department of Corrections won the competition. The D.C. Department of Corrections placed second and Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office placed third.
Officials honored seven officers, who died in 2013:
Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
MAYRA DEL CARMEN RAMIREZ- BARRETO
Puerto Rico Department of Justice
ERIC J WILLIAMS
Federal Bureau of Prisons
THOMAS LYNN CLEMENTS
Colorado Department of Corrections
California Department of Corrections
PEGGY LEE SYLVESTER
Opelousas, Louisiana, P.D.
JEREMY WAYNE MEYST
Tulare County, California, S.O.
Four fallen officers from previous years were also honored:
GEORGE W HAIGHT (1893)
Michigan Department of Corrections
BRYANT WHITMORE (1926)
Nevada Department of Corrections
RUFUS WILLIAM WALTERS (1938)
Florida State Road Department
PATRICK J FOGARTY (1958)
Lewis County, New York, S.O.
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