Alaska’s Police Memorial Week will begin this Friday to honor the fallen law enforcement officers from across the state; there will be multiple ceremonies at various locations, including two events in Juneau on May 10. This year, Alaska has added the name of Sgt. Allen Brandt of Fairbanks Police Department to the memorial.
Four Juneau Police Department officers have died in the line of duty, said Lt. David Campbell.
On Oct. 19, 1964, Inspector Donald Dull was accidentally killed by another JPD officer whose firearm malfunctioned. On April 17, 1979, Officer Jimmy Kennedy and Traffic Officer Richard Adair were shot and killed when they responded to a report of shots fired. On May 4, 1992, Officer Karl Reishus died following a training accident on May 2. JPD’s history is available online at http://www.juneau.org/jpd/HistoryofJPD.php.
National Police Memorial Day is recognized on May 15 every year. Memorial services in Alaska are held on different days so families of the fallen officers can attend their local service as well as the national memorial, if they choose. Here in Juneau, there will be a wreath-laying at Evergreen Cemetery at noon, and then another ceremony at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School at 6 p.m.