Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Police, Alaska State Troopers, and Corrections Officers at Lemon Creek recognized officers who have given their line of duty with a small gathering at Evergreen Cemetery.
The National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day observance was organized by the Alaska Peace Officers Association.
Due to the Coronavirus, the organizers decided to limit the in-person event this year.
Police requested the public take a moment to honor officers near and far that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
68 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty in Alaska.
Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price said the Alaska Policemen's Memorial in Anchorage lists all of the names of officers who died saving the lives of others.
She said some were murdered while investigating crimes or taking suspects into custody. Others died in car accidents on routine patrols.
"Although we are unable to physically gather this year, I am heartened by how many are here in spirit to stand alongside the family of the fallen, our current law enforcement heroes and honor those that we have lost," she added.
A ceremony in Anchorage read the name of all the fallen officers including seven officers who died in the line of duty in southeast Alaska.
The list included Kenneth Nauska of the Craig Police Department, who died in 1966, Karl Reishus 1992, Jimmy Kennedy 1979, Richard Adair 1979, and Chief of Detectives Thomas Dull 1964 of the Juneau Police Department, and Sgt. Anthony Wallace and officer Dean Tokuoka of Hoonah who died in 2010.