05/17/2007

Annual Ariz. memorial held to remember those killed in line of duty

By Nicole E. Squibbs
The Sun

YUMA, Ariz. — Women in black and white escorted by uniformed law enforcement officials placed carnations in a wooden wreath adorned with a black band, during the Roll Call of Heroes. At the Annual Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Service Tuesday night, the red carnations were used to represent the three agencies which had fallen officers over the last year: the U.S. Border Patrol, Yuma County Sheriff's Office and Yuma Police Department.

"The riderless horse always brings tears to my eyes. And the taps," said Mary Beth Richard, widow of Joe Young, a deputy sheriff who served YCSO for 12 years. "I'm always thrilled to come to it every year ... We need to remember the people out there fighting the good fight, here and over there (Iraq)."

Roughly 125 civilians attended the ceremony presented by the Fraternal Order of Police Yuma Lodge No. 24 at Crossing Park, 201 N. 4th Ave., which began years ago as a 15 minute get-together and is now over an hour long, according to Maria Lopez, who has been coordinating it for over 28 years.

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