Honor Guard Participates in State and National Police Week Events
Annually, during the week of May 15th , members of the law enforcement family, supporters and community leaders join in events, both local and national, to honor their fallen.
On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, the Irvine City Council adopted a proclamation in recognition of National Police Week from May 15-21, 2011. Detective Barry Miller was present and sang the National Anthem and members of the Irvine Honor Guard presented the Colors. Leadership from the Honor Guard was present to accept the presentation for National Police Week.
Honor Guard members, Ray Velarde, Karen Reece, Patrick Ryan, Kayla Wiebe, Charles Shaver, Mike Moore, Scott Grange, and Jameson Roberts traveled to Sacramento to participate in the California Peace Officer’s Candlelight Vigil on Sunday May 1, 2011 and also participated in the Memorial Ceremony on Monday, May 02, 2011. These ceremonies have been held in the State’s Capitol since 1977. This year, 14 Officers were honored, 11 of whom made the ultimate sacrifice, while on duty during 2010. Chief Maggard, Lieutenant Hallinan, and IPA president Gary Wyatt also attended the State Memorial Ceremonies.
To view the 2010 Honor Roll, use the following link to the California Peace Officer’s website: http://tiny.cc/obuv1
National Police Week events will commence in Washington D.C. on May 7, 2011 with the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Memorial. Officers Jay Indelicato, Gavin Hudson, Shaheen Jahangard-Mahboob, Patrick Ryan, Kayla Wiebe, and Karen Reece will be representing the Irvine Police Department at several of the events. The week will conclude with the 30th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Day Services held at the U.S. Capitol. Lieutenant Boggs and Sergeant Wyatt will also be attending the National Ceremonies.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is the Nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. In 2010, 162 law enforcement officers gave their lives in service, a 40% increase over the prior year. According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, the average age of the officers killed in 2010 was 41; the average length of their law enforcement service was nearly 12 years and on average each officer left behind 2 children. And, sadly, the rate of law enforcement officer deaths has continued to increase so far in 2011 by 18% over this time last year.
Funding for travel and accommodations for the Honor Guard are paid for through private donations.