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Remembering Our Fallen Heroes
Glendale Police Department hosts ceremony in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Week
Glendale police officers gathered along with officers from other Valley police departments, Glendale city officials and citizens on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, to honor fallen Glendale Police Officer Anthony Holly. The ceremony, which was held at the new Glendale Media and Conference Center, was the sixth annual Glendale Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony. The event coincides with National Peace Officer Memorial Day, which is May 15th.
The Glendale ceremony began with a procession by the Glendale Police Pipes and Drums squad, followed by the posting of colors by the Glendale Police Department Honor Guard. Det. Roger Geisler sang the National Anthem before an invocation by Chaplain Darlene Danninger.
Military Order of the Purple Heart Commander Felix Delgado presented the Holly Family with a Purple Heart Plaque. Click here to see a photo slideshow of today's ceremony.
"Over the years, I have had the opportunity to participate in many police memorial ceremonies," said Glendale Police Chief Steve Conrad, as he addressed those in attendance. "...But I have never felt the true sense of loss that I feel today."
"The loss of Officer Holly affects us all today...no family should have to bear the loss of a loved one, and no department should have to bear the loss of their own," Conrad said.
Officer Holly lost his life on February 19th, 2007 after he was shot during a traffic stop. In honor of Officer Holly and other Arizona officers being remembered at the ceremony, Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs made a special proclamation declaring May 16, 2007, Glendale Police Officer Memorial Day. Members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart also made a special presentation to Anthony Holly's family in remembrance of the fallen officer.
"He (Officer Holly) lived a life of service to others," Commander Felix Delgado said during the Purple Heart plaque presentation. "He went in harm's way so others could enjoy their life in safety."
Fallen Officers Recognized
Senior Patrol Agent Nicholas Grenning - US Border Patrol
Officer Robert Targosz - Gilbert Police Department
Officer Kevin Weeks - Tempe Police Department
Senior Patrol Agent David Webb - US Border Patrol
Officer Anthony Holly - Glendale Police Department
Deputy Philip Rodriguez - Mohave County Sheriff's Office
About National Peace Officer Memorial Day
National Peace Officer Memorial Day, May 15th, was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on October 1st, 1962. The week containing May 15th is known as Police Week.