National Police Week continues, and area law enforcement teams are taking time to remember those who have died in the line of duty. Events are planned in area counties this week and next. The state held its service for fire and police personnel in Springfield.
Danville will host a special service Thursday to honor those officers killed in the line of duty. The program is at 10 am ( May 14th) at Sunset Memorial Park. Danville Police and Vermilion County Sheriff's Police and municipal officers will participate. Police Honor Guard units will be among those taking part in the observance.
Three local police officers are recognized in Vermilion County's observance.
Danville Police Officer David Farnsworth died in 1976. He was beaten to death during a routine traffic stop. Danville Officer, August Lind, died on April 10th, 1908 after he was shot when he interrupted a burglary-in-progress. The county's most recent loss involved Vermilion County Sheriff's Sergeant Myron Deckard. He was killed June 6th, 2001 when he was overpowered by a prisoner he was transporting.
Will and Grundy County law enforcement officials are hosting programs; Will County's event is Thursday while Grundy County will gather at Minooka High School in Chanahon.
The public is invited to the ceremonies which will include the presentation of colors, a wreath presentation and Taps.