Fallen officers honored at Memorial Service



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Robert and Hadley Platt of Northumberland, sons of Northumberland Police Chief Joseph Platt, who fell in the line of duty in 1960 at the age of 52, laid the memorial wreath in Berlin on Friday to honor all police officers killed in the line of duty. White Mountains Community College hosted the event on Friday, May 13, which mirrored similar events held in Concord and Washington, D.C. just prior to National Police Week, which is celebrated from May 15 to 21. Melissa Grima. (click for larger version)
May 18, 2011
BERLIN — A solemn crowd of both members of the public and law enforcement community gathered on the lawn at White Mountains Community College on Friday morning, May 13. They gathered to remember and pay tribute to the law enforcement officers, both locally and nationally, who have been killed in the line of duty.

Officers from Cos County (Berlin, Colebrook, Gorham, Lancaster and Northumberland) make-up seven of the state's 41 fallen officers, while N.H. State Police and Fish and Game officers who died while on duty comprise another 12.

WMCC Criminal Justice department head Frank Dumaine, moderated the brief ceremony. Dumaine noted that who law enforcement deaths are up, averaging 15 per month nationally so far this year. A number he called "unacceptable."

With an audience of many involved actively in law enforcement, Dumaine took the opportunity to share information on the "Below 100" program, which offers a list of tips to help officers stay safe. The program highlights the fact that it has been more than 65 years since the total number of line-of-duty deaths totaled less than 100 nationally. In an effort to return to that benchmark, officers are urged to wear seatbelts and vests, watch their speed, and not become complacent.

This was the fourth year WMCC hosted the memorial event and Father Craig Cheney, a former Rumney Police Chief who delivered the invocation and said a few words at the ceremony, said that this year's turnout was the biggest yet. Dumaine noted that the college plans to continue this new tradition as many of the local law enforcement personnel cannot make it to Concord due to manpower and budget constraints.

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