WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) — Law enforcement officers from each of Black Hawk County’s 10 departments gathered Tuesday morning to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The annual Peace Officers Memorial Service in Waterloo honors the 14 local officers who have died in uniform, all since 1902.
Each was honored followed by the four words, “gone but not forgotten”.
Cedar Falls Mayor Rob Green and Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart were at the service, saying it’s a small way for the public to show their appreciation.
“Sometimes law enforcement can feel isolated, and that’s why we need to give the community a sense of appreciation,” Mayor Green said. “And for the families to also remember that we will always remember the memory of their officers. It is such a meaningful service to be able to do this every year.”
“From Cedar Valley’s perspective, there are officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and we cannot forget their efforts,” Mayor Quentin Hart said. “Families are touched, and this is a wonderful opportunity to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Each department takes turns hosting the ceremony. This year’s event was hosted by the Iowa State Patrol Post 9 in Cedar Falls.
The Iowa City Police plan to recognize National Police Week with a Peace Officers’ Memorial Day Ceremony Thursday at City Hall at 2:45 p.m.
Iowa City Police Chaplains are hosting the ceremony which will include remarks from Mayor Bruce Teague and Police Chief Dustin Liston.
Dubuque law enforcement held a memorial ceremony last week.
Fallen Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ted Benda and Sergeant Jim Smith were honored over the weekend in Washington DC at the National Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony. Their names were also added to the Iowa Peace Officers Memorial in Des Moines earlier in May.