The United States Congress and President of the United States have designated Tuesday, May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police week.
The City of Salina honors the valor, service, and sacrifice of its peace officers and those of other agencies locally and nationwide. Four Salina officers have given their lives in the line of duty; these heroes and their end of watch dates are as follows:
Officer John Stonebraker – 02/12/1917
Officer Tom Carson – 11/29/1920
Officer Olney E. Eaton – 05/31/1942
Officer Jerry R. Ivey – 06/13/1975
From the Saline County Sheriff’s Office one officer has given his life. Sheriff Fred Bell suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling to subdue a prisoner on September 17th, 1952.
The public is invited to attend the 2019 Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 8 a.m. in Jerry Ivey Park, 2465 Edward Street.
In the event there is inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at First Southern Baptist Church, located at 2401 S. Ohio in Salina.
Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the ceremony.