Lynchburg Police hold memorial service, wreath laying ceremony to honor fallen officers

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Lynchburg Police Department is taking the time to pay tribute to the memory of fallen law enforcement officers during National Police Week.

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, Lynchburg law enforcement officers, city officials, and community members attended the annual Police Week memorial service, featuring Sam Bartlett — the executive director of police fitness — as the keynote speaker.

Then, on Wednesday, Oct. 13, the department held a wreath laying ceremony to honor the numerous fallen officers around the country, as well as the four within the department’s history.

Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema says it’s important to never forget the sacrifices officers make on a daily basis.

“The folks that still step up and invest in our community, the folks that still come to work everyday, put this badge on knowing the dangers they face, is just, I can’t speak greater than that, than the men and women that come to Lynchburg to do that,” said Zuidema.

National Police Week normally takes place in May, but it was postponed to October because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Even though National Police Week technically runs through Sunday, Oct. 17, the department is also set to hold a promotional ceremony on Friday, Oct. 22 as part of the event.

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