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Seneca County honors fallen officers in memorial ceremony

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The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office hosted a National Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15 in Romulus. The event, held in front of the Law Enforcement Center, included a reading of names of all U.S. law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2023. The ceremony also featured the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and a wreath laying at the John Walters Memorial. John Walters, who died in 1887 while preventing a jail escape, is the only member of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office to die in the line of duty.

Attendees included members of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Five Points Correctional Facility, Seneca Falls Police Department, New York State Police, and Waterloo Police Department. President John F. Kennedy established May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962 to honor the service and sacrifice of fallen officers.


Sheriff Thompson expressed deep gratitude and respect for the fallen officers, stating, “We will always remember our fallen brothers and sisters and this is a small way to pay tribute to them.” He thanked participants and attendees, emphasizing the importance of honoring the sacrifices made by law enforcement. The ceremony is available for viewing on the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Official Facebook page.