Monday, May 15, 2017 through Sunday, May 21, 2017 is being observed as National Police Week. Americans use this week to pay special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty as well as to give thanks to officers who continue to protect and serve every day. We thank School Police Officer Clay Fahringer, and the police officers of  Locust Township, Ralpho Township, and Catawissa Borough for their service and commitment to the Southern Columbia Area community.
According to SPO FahringerNational Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America's law enforcement community with its most solemn day being National Law Enforcement Memorial Day, which is always oberved on May 15th. In 1991, President George HW Bush dedicated the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Judiciary Square in Washington DC. At that service, 160 readers recited the names of 12,561 officers killed in the line of duty since 1791. "The reciting of the names lasted 24 hours." stated Officer Fahringer.  By May 15, 2016, the 25th Anniversary of the Memorial, the names on the wall had grown to 20,789. Among the officers recognized at that ceremony was Officer Ralph Fox of the Catawissa Borough Police Department. Officer Fox was killed in the line of duty in the 1960’s when he was struck by a vehicle in Catawissa and died as a result of his injuries. Officer Fahringer was among those present to honor Officer Fox when his name was recited. At this year's ceremony five officers from Pennsylvania will be remembered and added to the wall. "Please take a moment this year on May 15th to remember the brothers and sisters of law enforcement who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty," requested Officer Fahringer.

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