Event to honor local first responders
LE MARS — National Law Enforcement Week will be observed in America, May 13-19.
In recognition of that, Le Mars Bible Church will host a service to honor all first responders and their families at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 15.
All First Responders — law enforcement, fire, EMS, dispatchers, and jail personnel from the four county area of Plymouth, Woodbury, Sioux and Cherokee counties will all be honored.
FBI Special Agent Jon Moeller, event chairman, said the service is an opportunity to express appreciation to first responders who put their lives on the line in serving and protecting our communities.
The event will feature a local Honor Guard, Sioux City Police Department bagpiper Sgt. Mike Manthorne, music by The Browns, a message by Pastor Fred Gums, and refreshments following the service.
This service is open to the public and all denominations are welcome. Any questions may be directed to Le Mars Bible Church 546-6915.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C., to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice or gather in cities for services and memorials around the country.
Gums said the public is warmly invited to come out and support the first responders and their families. Le Mars Bible Church is located at 1550 Seventh Ave. S.E.
In conjunction with the week, area law enforcement and their spouses gathered for a law enforcement screening of the film, “The Fallen Project” Friday, May 4 at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City. The Sioux City event was hosted by Moeller and the Sioux City Police Officers Association.
“The Fallen Project” is a 75-minute film paying homage to America’s front line warriors killed in the line of duty narrated by Michael Chiklis, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor. The goal is to increase awareness of the danger police officers face daily and the sacrifices made by those in uniform, as well as by the families who support them.
According to Moeller, 2016 was the third most deadly year for law enforcement in Iowa.
This film includes interviews with family members, command staff, line officers, city officials and the public in areas that have lost officers in the line of duty.
Additional showings of the film for the public in the area have been scheduled. Opportunities still available include: 7 p.m., Monday, May 14, at the American Legion Post #724 in Brunsville; and Thursday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at American Bank in Le Mars.
Event sponsors and hosts include: Habitué Coffehouse & Cakes to Remember, Bellissimo Coffee Works, American Bank, American Legion, First United Methodist Church of Merrill, and Le Mars Bible Church.