Porter County police honor their own
Deborah Laverty Times
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. told Porter County Sheriff
Department officers of a childhood ritual lovingly
forced upon him by his mom, whose brother was a
would tell me to say a prayer for Uncle Bill that he
gets home safe. Your family does the same for you,"
Porter County Sheriff’s Department honored its fallen
officers as part of National Police Week during the
annual Police Memorial Service on Friday inside the
Porter County Expo Center. The event began with an
inspection of officers’ cars, guns, uniforms and
equipment, followed by a ceremony that featured Donnelly
as the keynote speaker.
Donnelly, the grandson of Irish immigrants, said he had
just returned from a Washington, D.C., memorial service
where people from around the world gathered to honor
lost a lot of officers from Indiana, and I wanted to be
there to memorialize them. We stand together. When you
(officers) head off, there's no guarantee you'll come
home," Donnelly said.
Donnelly thanked the officers for putting their lives on
the line every day.
"There's no way we can thank you enough for what you
do," Donnelly said.
Sheriff David Lain spoke of permanence in life and how,
as much as everyone wants it to remain, it can't since
events happen that we can't always control.
is why we honor our fallen brothers," Lain said.
honored Officer Edward Blakely, who died in 1961;
Officer Timothy Hecht, who died in 1999; Robert
Hardesty, who died in 2005, and Officer Phillip Pratt,
who died May 16, 2012.
also thanked those in his department.
do all the heavy lifting. There are a lot of challenges,
and you do nothing but give it your all," Lain said.
Members of the John Simatovich and Union Center
elementary school choirs performed, and instrumentalists
from Chesterton High School played taps. Sgt. Steven
Bond, from the Marion County Sheriff's Department,
performed "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes.