The El Paso Police Department officials created a virtual memorial to honor their fallen officers during National Police Week.
The 2020 El Paso Police Memorial was uploaded by the department to honor its fallen officers since their annual memorial could not be held in person due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
“Each year we gather at (Charles) “Chuck” Heinrich Park to pay our respects to our fallen officers,” El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said in the video. “That ceremony is normally highlighted with various salutes that are customary for such occasions. This year due to measures outside of our control we are forced to honor our fallen from afar.”
He continued, “It is ever more important this year because it shows our commitment that we never forget. Whether we gather at our memorial park or now in a virtual world, we will always be committed to remember our fallen. God bless these heroes of the El Paso Police Department.”
The video features the reading of the names of 31 El Paso police officers who died while serving their community.
The video features speeches from Allen, Administrative Bureau Assistant Chief Zina Silva, El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association President Michael Short and a prayer from police chaplain David Mayfield.
The video includes the national anthem sung by a police officer, the El Paso Police Department Honor Guard, the laying of a memorial wreath, a rifle volley and the playing of taps.
The annual National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Candlelight Vigil also was held virtually. The event, which is normally held in Washington D.C., was streamed on the internet May 13.
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Peter Herrera, who was killed in a shooting last year during a traffic stop, had his name added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during the vigil.
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