25th Annual Pinellas Law Enforcement Memorial Set for Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
Who: Executives and staff of Pinellas County law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal level will attend, as well as local elected officials and members of the law enforcement community.
What: The 25th Annual Pinellas County Law Enforcement Memorial Observance will take place on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
The annual Memorial Observance remembers those in Pinellas County law enforcement who have died in the line of duty since 1905.
Speakers include Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Guest Speaker – State Representative Larry Ahern, and Tarpon Springs Police Chief Robert Kochen, who will announce the addition a fallen TSPD officer from 1926 to the Memorial marker.
Where: The observance takes place at the Memorial Park, directly west of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Administration Building at 10750 Ulmerton Rd., Largo.
When: The observance starts at 10:00 a.m.
How/Why: In addition to the slated speakers, the event will feature a roll-call of those 24 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in Pinellas County since 1905. The list will now include Tarpon Springs Police officer Everett E. Blewfield who died in the line of duty in 1926. Officer’s Blewfield’s sacrifice was recently recovered and researched – his name has now been added to the Memorial stone. Tarpon Springs Police Chief Robert Kochen will make the announcement.
There will be a wreath laying at the Memorial stone, as well as “Taps”, a 21-gun salute and the traditional bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace” by the Dunedin Highlanders Pipe Band from Dunedin High School.