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(Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas at Wednesday Police Memorial)
The Valparaiso Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors at the start of this afternoon's Memorial Service ceremony which was hasten by a constant rain that fell when the program started around 12:45pm.
(Valparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner addresses officer detail and audience at the Wednesday Memorial Service)
Valparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner included the raining conditions saying, "Even today the...heavens are mourning."
Police Chief Brickner spoke before introducing Valparaiso Mayor, Jon Costas. The police chief acknowledged the national observance saying,
"As we gather here today in Valparaiso, 40,000 other people, police officers, family members, and dignitaries are gathered in Washington D.C. to honor our
fallen brothers and sisters at the police officers memorial during this National Police Week."
Chief Brickner went on to say, "I think the two words we seldom hear in our profession are thank you. And I personally thank each of you for your passion for helping those who help themselves." He want on to thank the officers for their, "tireless effort" in keeping the city safe around the clock, seven days a week. The chief sincerely thanked the assembled officers for, "making the Valparaiso Police Department one of the premier departments in the state of Indiana."
Mayor Jon Costas also spoke of his appreciation of the police force, "First of all let me say in all sincerity that I am immensely appreciative for the service you give our citizens. Not just what you do but how you do it."
Mayor Costas says the officers who serve make it possible for everyone else to go about their business saying, "You know everything we do in our community is really dependent first upon safety, whether it be business or education or worshiping or non-profit community...all requires safety in order to conduct those activities and so you really are the foundation for so much of what happens in our community."
The mayor praised the police force's work and their quality of work saying, "It's hard to imagine another department that has the quality and commitment that this department has...I know I speak for all our citizens (we) are just immensely proud of all you accomplished and we wish you well in your professional career, thank you."
The in climate weather during the ceremony forced the cancellation of the vehicle inspection but only after Chief Brickner mentioned how much time and effort was put in by the officers.
(Valparaiso Police Department just prior to the Wednesday Memorial Service)
(phots/Jay Stevens, Radio One Communications)
You can hear the Memorial Service Program by selecting the News Audio On Demand link at: http://www.regionnewsteam.com
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