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Names of Fallen Officers from Illinois Added to National Memorial

A final roll call for police officers from around the country, including a Cook County Sheriff's Department investigator and an Illinois State Trooper, will take place Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

A moment of reflection at last year's National Police Week ceremony. | Credit: Todd Richissin / Patch
A moment of reflection at last year's National Police Week ceremony. | Credit: Todd Richissin / Patch

By Todd Richissin

Tens of thousands of law officers from the United States and beyond its shores are gathering in Washington for National Police Week, part of an annual pilgrimage to honor the fallen among their ranks.

The focal point for the week is the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, a courtyard bordered by two gently sloping, 304-foot-long, three-foot-high walls that bear the engraved names of more than 19,000 officers killed in the line of duty.

Most of the names added this year are officers who died in 2013; others are officers whose sacrifice previously had been lost to history.

This year, 286 names were added to the wall, including three officers from Illinois killed in 2013 and 13 others from previous years, joining the more than 1,000 names of fallen officers from Illinois already engraved.

Among those from Illinois who died in 2013 whose names were added:

Eleven additional names, dating from 1889 through 1932 were added, as were Chicago Police Department Youth Officer Casey Tristano, who died in 1970 of a heart attack sustained during a fight with a suspect, and St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputy Lamont C. Reid, who died in 2010 of a heart attack after a search for a suicidal man.

National Police Week is an annual event in Washington, DC, a week of color guards and sad salutes, of help for surviving families and the promise to, as an engraving on part of the wall implores, "Respect. Honor. Remember."

On Tuesday, thousands will gather at the memorial for a candle-light vigil, where names will be read in a final roll call for the fallen. Taps will sound and officers and their families will gather to touch the names on the walls, to lay wreaths and flowers, and to remember.

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