7th Annual Ceremony to Pay Tribute to 39 Imperial Valley Officers

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Imperial Valley - The Imperial Valley Law Enforcement Memorial (IVLEM) Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015.  The Ceremony will be held at the Imperial County Court House steps on Main Street in El Centro.

Since the first known line-of-duty-death in 1791, more than 19,000 United States Law Enforcement Officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.  The Imperial Valley experienced our first loss in 1920 when Imperial County Sheriff Deputy Julian Partin was killed in the line of duty.  This ceremony is to honor all law enforcement officers from every Agency, that have died in the line of duty since then.

The special tribute to these 39 officers who have died in the Imperial Valley will include a motorcade procession that will assemble in front of the Court House at 6:45 p.m.  Guest speakers will begin the ceremony promptly at 7:00 p.m. followed by the reading of the names of each fallen Officer, a 21 gun salute, a flag folding ceremony, taps, amazing grace, and a moment of silence where glow sticks will be lit to represent a candlelight vigil.

IVLEM Committee Chairperson Wesley Boerner, with the California Highway Patrol said, “It is a true privilege to honor each of these 39 members for their service and extend the utmost respect to their loved ones for their memories and sacrifice.”

The IVLEM Committee diligently honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and those who continue to serve.  The IVLEM invites anyone who would like to attend this ceremony to please come and join us in this solemn event.

In addition the Imperial County Board of Supervisors will be reading the 2014 IVLEM Proclamation at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, April 14th, 10:15 a.m. in the board chambers on Main Street across from the El Centro courthouse.

The Supervisors will proclaim May 8, 2015 as Imperial Valley Law Enforcement Memorial Day.