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Hilliard to host Police Memorial Ceremony

Posted May 6, 2019 in Police by Mary Smith

Each spring, the City of Hilliard holds a Peace Officers Memorial Day service at First Responders Park to honor all Ohio police officers killed in the line of duty.

This year’s Hilliard Police Memorial Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. It is a free event and the public is encouraged to come pay their respects.

The event will honor and remember peace officers who have died in the line of duty, including four last year and our own Officer Sean Johnson, whose end of watch occurred on May 19, 2016. Officer Johnson was the first Hilliard officer killed in the line of duty since the department’s creation in 1957.

The ceremony will include the presentation of colors by the HPD Honor Guard, remarks by Mayor Don Schonhardt and Chief of Police Robert A. Fisher, the singing of the National Anthem by the Hilliard Darby High School Choir and the playing of “Taps” by trumpeters.

Located in the center of Old Hilliard at the corner of Center and Main streets, First Responders Park is local monument built for a national impact. The park contains original artifacts from sites in New York City from ground zero, as well as a memorial dedicated in 2017 to Hilliard’s fallen first responders.

The park is meant to be a place to remember, to visit, and to mourn as well as to be a public show of appreciation for all those who give their lives to protect those in their community.

National Police Week takes place this year from May 12 to May 18. National Peace Officers Memorial Day is May 15.