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Fallen Law Enforcement Officers From Puerto Rico To Be Honored In Washington, DC
9 May 2005
Law enforcement officers from San Juan and Avenida Las Nereidas who died during 2004 will be honored at a Washington, DC Candlelight Vigil and ceremony beginning at 8 p.m. EST on May 13. The ceremony will take place at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which commemorates the service and sacrifices of the more than 17,000 officers who have been killed while protecting public safety since the earliest known death in 1792.
"Accidents and shootings took a tragic toll among law enforcement officers in Puerto Rico and we want to assure their families, friends and fellow officers that their sacrifices will not be forgotten," said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), which built and manages the Memorial. "These deaths are a sad reminder of the challenges facing the men and women of law enforcement every day."
According to the NLEOMF's final figures, a total of 153 law enforcement officers died during 2004. The states with the highest number of officer fatalities were: Texas (14), California (13), Florida (12), New York (10) and Alabama (9).
For detailed information on each officer being honored, please visit www.nleomf.com/2004fallenofficers . The officers from Puerto Rico are:
Officer Carlos Concepcion Quinones from the Puerto Rico Police Department in San Juan
Officer Ramon A. Sepulveda Rosado from the Puerto Rico Police Department in San Juan
Officer Santos Silva-Laboy from the Puerto Rico Police Department in San Juan
Officer Carlos Alberto Reyes-Rivera and Sergeant Nikolai Emilio Vidal-Perez of the Catano Municipal Police Department in Avenida Las Nereidas
Nearly 20,000 people are expected to attend the 17th annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The Memorial is located on E Street, NW, between 4th and 5th streets adjacent to the Judiciary Square Metro on the Red Line. The event will feature a vocal performance by former New York Police Officer Daniel Rodriguez. There will also be a reading of the 415 new names carved on the Memorial - which includes the names of those killed in 2004, as well as names of 262 officers throughout history who have been forgotten, until now.
The Candlelight Vigil is one of many activities that take place during National Police Week at the Memorial. During the week, hundreds of families of fallen law enforcement officers and thousands of fellow officers travel to Washington for grief seminars, memorial services and inspirational activities to raise public support for the law enforcement profession.
Dedicated in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is visited annually by more than 150,000 people. The NLEOMF permanently records and commemorates the service and sacrifices of law enforcement officers and serves as a forum for information and education to promote officer safety. The NLEOMF is also building the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will provide an educational, inspirational and accurate view of the vital role of law enforcement in a just and civil society. Scheduled to open in 2009 and located across the street from the Memorial, the museum is supported entirely by donations from the public, and the business and law enforcement communities.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Attendance at the NLEOMF Candlelight Vigil must be arranged in advance. There is very limited space available for television cameras, so media should arrive as early as possible to secure space on the camera riser. Parking is very limited, and media are encouraged to arrive by Metro or cab. For more information and press credentials, please contact Kelly Burkett at Widmeyer Communications at 202-667-0901, or by email at kelly.burkett(At)widmeyer.com.
Contact: Chris Beakey, 202-667-0901,Bruce Mendelsohn, 202-737- 3400,both of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial