A show of respect for New Hampshire's fallen officers

Raquel Nash
May 23, 2017

While in D.C, the officers gathered to watch as participants of the Police Unity Tour arrived, attended a candlelight vigil on the National Mall, and laid commemorative wreaths at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in remembrance of fallen South Plainfield Officers Richard Conklin and William Cady. The Brannocks were there to honor their great grandfather, Lt. Robert Hollis, Jr. of Durham. Thursday's service recognized the sacrifices of fallen law enforcement officers in Erie County along with the daily efforts of all individuals involved in public safety, as police chaplains and senior law enforcement officials from around the county noted the heroic efforts of those members of the public safety community who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure public safety.

Darren Cruzan, Acting Director for the Department of Interior Law Enforcement Services, provided opening remarks on behalf of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Deputy Assistant Secretrary James Cason.

"We really appreciate the community's support", Rieke said.

The goal of this week is to honor and pay tribute to honor those who have worn the law enforcement badge and lost their lives in the line of duty, Cruzan said.


Governor Scott Walker noted that there was some comfort in the name of Officer Gudgell being added more than a century after his death, which was discovered through historical research. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of planned events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers from around the world. To recognize National Police Week, the House passed five pro-police bills.

According to the detective, participation by South Plainfield officers has grown over the years with 2017 marking the largest group to head down to date.

They came to hear President Donald Trump and to see their law enforcement family turn out in force. A previous memorial, now defunct, was at the former tribal police academy in Toyei, Arizona.

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