The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department will join law enforcement agencies across the nation in celebrating National Police Week, May 14 through May 20, a press release said.
May 15 is National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week containing May 15 has been National Police Week, since President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 on October 1, 1962. It was not until May 15, 1982, that the first National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day service was held.
Activities during National Police Week now include the annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day Service on May 15 draws thousands from across the nation.
The Sheriff’s Department has lost eight officers in the line of duty. Seven were killed by gunfire, and one died in an automobile accident, the press release said.
- Deputy Sheriff Robert Harmon—shot to death on February 7, 1904
- Deputy Sheriff Byrd Daugherty—shot to death on April 9, 1922
- Sheriff Cleve Daugherty—shot to death on July 19, 1933
- Deputy Sheriff Lee McGhee—shot to death on January 9, 1934
- Deputy Sheriff Reuben Fox—shot to death on August 20, 1943
- Deputy Sheriff Willie West—shot to death on October 23, 1954
- Deputy Sheriff William Scott—died in car crash on January 21, 1980
- Deputy Sheriff Ray Brown—shot to death on June 9, 1981
A memorial service sponsored by Chief James Akagi and the Oak Ridge Police Department will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15, on the plaza in front of the Oak Ridge Municipal Building. Local, state, and federal agencies from the Anderson County area will be represented.
“Please join us in support of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” the press release said.