Five Utah peace officers killed during 1987 will be honored Sunday during the National Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
More than 150 officers from across the nation killed during the year will be honored during the ceremony, which is the culminating activity of National Police Week. Organizers of the event expect 6,000 family members and fellow officers to attend.Officers from Utah that are being honored are:
Jackson D. Elmer, a Murray Police officer who was helping a motorist on State Street Nov. 13 when he was hit and killed by a pickup truck. His widow, Pam, and other family members are being escorted to the Washington activities by Officer Robert Hall, who was hit and injured by the vehicle that killed Elmer.
Andy Begay and Roy Lee Stanley, both Navajo tribal officers who were found burned to death in their truck Dec. 5 in Copper Canyon near Lake Powell.
Gerry L. Ivie, a Duchesne County sheriff's deputy who was accidentally killed by another officer July 2, 1987, while officers were on a call investigating an armed man who had been making threats.
Wade A. Hansen, an Emery County sheriff's deputy, who was killed Sept. 24, 1987, when his patrol car collided head-on with a semitrailer truck.
Begay and Stanley have already had their names placed in the Police Hall of Fame in Florida, and the tribe presented their widows with the Navajo Medal of Honor, the highest honor that can be given a tribal law enforcement officer.
The Sunday ceremony is being held on the site where a permanent memorial to slain peace officers has been planned by the Grand Lodge Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Police, and Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS, which is a national self-help group for police survivors.
National Police Week coordinator Suzie Sawyer said National Police Week was first recognized 25 years ago, and the memorial ceremony has taken place every year since 1982. The ceremony has been held in a different place each year, but will be held at the 4.5-acre memorial site on Judiciary Square from now on, she said.
Congress approved plans for the memorial in 1984, and members of the organization are now in the process of raising the $5 million needed to build it.