Memorial service is 'solemn,'
By Jeff Burton nwitimes.com Friday, May 13, 2011
VALPARAISO | Dozens
of officers in their formal uniforms stood in
attention outside the Porter County Sheriff's
Department on Friday, remembering officers whose
lives were cut short -- and recommitting
themselves to serve and protect.
"It is both a
solemn event and it's rejuvenating as well,"
Sheriff Dave Lain said
Officers kicked off
National Police Week on Friday with the
department's annual inspection and memorial
prosecutors and community members recalled the
sacrifices of Edward Blakely, an officer killed
in the line of duty in 1961, as well as Officer
Timothy Hect and Lt. Robert Hardesty, both of
whom died during training exercises in 1999 and
"They were servants
in so many respects and they are not only
missed, but are remembered," Lain said.
During the event,
Lain also highlighted the relationship law
enforcement has with the media, saying that both
have an obligation to keep people informed when
it comes to their safety.
"We absolutely need
their help in getting the word out to the
community," Lain said.
Times Media Group
Publisher Bill Masterson Jr. was the keynote
speaker for the day and said every story about
law enforcement, whether about a safety program
in an elementary school or about a drug bust,
lets people know that someone is watching out
"What that does is
send a message about how vital, how valuable you
guys are to a community," Masterson said.
"You're putting your life on the line every
single day. That's something few of us can
comprehend. It's heroic. It's humbling."