Crossville and Cumberland County conducted a memorial service for law-enforcement personnel yesterday morning on the courthouse lawn led by the Fraternal Order of Police.
Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. Then Crossville Mayor James Mayberry and Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster briefly addressed attendees. The ceremony concluded with the playing of “Taps” and a 21-gun salute.
Later, in a social-media posting, Foster expressed his gratitude to “the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our communities.” He added, “We have a great team of law enforcement officers in our community.”
The Oak Ridge Police Department will join other law-enforcement agencies across the country in celebrating National Police Week, which runs through Saturday, May 18. As part of the week-long observance, the ORPD will once again host its annual Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony today, to honor law-enforcement personnel who gave their lives in the service of their communities.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Oak Ridge Municipal Building.
The keynote speaker will be Rick Scarbrough, current Executive Director of the University of Tennessee’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center in Oak Ridge. Scarbrough was formerly the longtime chief of the Clinton Police Department. The public and all law-enforcement officers are invited to attend.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move indoors to the courtroom of the Oak Ridge Municipal Building, at 200 S. Tulane Avenue.