Lynchburg Police Department honors fallen officers with virtual Memorial Ceremony for National Police Week


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — While major events around the world have joined the list of coronavirus cancellations, the Lynchburg Police Department refused to let the observance of National Police Week be one of them.

According to the Lynchburg Police Department, all public events for Police Week — which stretches from Sunday, May 10 to Saturday, May 16 — were canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns. However, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, the department will livestream a Memorial Ceremony on Facebook to honor members of the law enforcement community who were killed in the line of duty.

In particular, officials say the solemn virtual ceremony will pay tribute to the following four police officers who died serving the Lynchburg community:

  • Detective William Halsey Gouldman
  • Officer Wiley C. Metts
  • Detective L. Arthur Mann
  • Officer George M. Ware

“The law enforcement community remains committed to honoring those officers throughout the United States who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others,” the Lynchburg Police Department said in a news release about the virtual observance of National Police Week.

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