On October 1, 1961 President John F. Kennedy signed a law designating May 15th as Peace Officer Memorial day, "To pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime..."
Today, just like every year before members of the community along with local law enforcement agencies gathered in front of the Police Department to pay respect to the officers who have gone before us. Police Chief Sharp addressed the group quoting Paul Harvey's "What is a Policeman." Chaplain Bryan then said a prayer asking for continued safety for our officers.
The gathering happens by the flag pole, which is also the memorial for Lt. Harley Mark, who gave his life in the line of duty September 7, 1993. If you walk into our department you will see his picture and badge on display over our dispatch center. Ask any of the "old timers" about him and prepare to get an ear full of stories that will make you understand how Lt. Mark was a cop's cop! It becomes quite obvious that it was not how Lt. Mark died, it was how he lived that made him a true hero.
We are honored to have hosted Lt. Mark's family today. Visit the PD at any time and it will not take you long to realize Lt. Mark's memory lives on, not only through these memorials but through his daughter Code Enforcement Officer Cearns.
While we grieve the loss every fallen officer this week, rest assured we also find renewed motivation and dedication to continue serving this great community with great care.
If you see one of your Officers out and about this week take a second to thank them for all of their hard work. From everyone here at the Torrington Police Department, we are proud to serve you and this community!