Northlanders remember fallen police officers

By KBJR News 1

May 15, 2014 Updated May 15, 2014 at 10:21 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- People around the country and here in the Northland honored the men and women in blue who died in the line of duty.

One of those people was Duluth Sergeant Gary Wilson was shot and killed during a shootout at the Seaway Hotel in 1990.

A month after his death the St. Louis County Law Enforcement Chaplain's Association held its first ever prayer breakfast and 25 years later, that tradition continues in honor of those who lost their lives.

"Stand up and defend our nations laws and yet that's what law enforcement is called upon to do day in and day out, so brothers and sisters never tire doing what is right. Thank you on behalf of our communities," said Duluth Mayor Don Ness.

Another officer who did not come home was Carlton County Sheriff Deputy Erv Clemons.

He was shot and killed in the line of duty 21 years ago. His colleges remember his sacrifice and how each officers put their lives on the line every day.

"Every day we put the uniform on and put the gun on, it could be the last time that we come home to our family," said Sheriff Kelly Lake at Clemon's memorial service last August.

In Wisconsin, a Sheriff's Deputy was remembered a few weeks ago for his service.

Mike Seversen of St. Croix, died 23 years after suffering a gunshot wound to his spine.

In Green Bay police took part in remembering those who sacrificed their lives as part of "Peace Officer's Memorial Day."

"We know that every day that is what we are out there to do, is to serve and protect the citizens of this community and that's what the officers are dedicated to every minute of every hour of every day," said Captain Bill Galvin, from the Green Bay Police Department.

Peace officers also stood guard outside the Minnesota State Capitol building.

Last year 105 officers died while serving their communities across the US and nearly 40 have died already this year.

A candle light vigil was also held outside the Nation's capital in honor of fallen officers.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
kanderson@kbjr.com

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