Remembering the fallen

LEWISTOWN – Local law enforcement gathered for the 2013 Mifflin County Law Enforcement Memorial Service, held on Wednesday, to honor two fallen officers who died in the line of duty.

Flags were at half staff Wednesday to honor National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which was established in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a bill into law declaring May 15 a day where the United States will pay tribute to officers who lost their lives or were injured in the line of duty.

Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. John Valent, who died on Dec. 9, 1971, and Lewistown Police Officer Robert McCormick, who died on Jan. 9, 1974, were both remembered for their service to the community.

Lewistown Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown, Granville Township Police Department, Mifflin County Regional Police Department, Mifflin County Sheriff and Deputy, along with family, were in attendance, to honor Valent and McCormick.

The memorial was held on state Route 103, Lewistown, next to Angelo’s Hollow Inn.

“We are honored this year to not only honor law enforcement of Mifflin County, but two officers who gave the ultimate price for our citizens,” Lewistown Police Chief Bill Herkert said.

Mifflin County District Attorney Dave Molek was a guest speaker at the event and spoke about the profound sacrifices and contributions of the many law enforcement officers who have risen to the challenge of securing our nation and our community.