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Memorial and tribute service and candlelight vigil for PWC’s 18 fallen police officers May 8

Each May, communities nationwide pay tribute to the thousands of law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities.
A memorial and tribute service - including a candlelight vigil for fallen law enforcement officers who lived, or served, in greater Prince William County - will be held on Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Government Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge (22191).

This annual event - which is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Prince William County Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association - honors the lives and service of 18 men and women who lived or served in Prince William County and died in the line of duty. They are:

• Justice of the Peace Thomas Simms Meredith, Prince William County Circuit Court -July 1922

• Trooper Jackie M. Bussard, Virginia State Police - May 1970

• Officer Paul T. White Jr., Prince William County Police - October 1973

• Investigator Claude Everett Seymour, Virginia State Police - April 1975

• Trooper Johnny R. Bowman, Virginia State Police - August 1984

• Sergeant John D. Conner III, Manassas City Police - July 1988

• Officer Phillip M. Pennington, Prince William County Police - November 1990

• Trooper Jose M. Cavazos, Virginia State Police - February 1993

• Special Agent William H. Christian Jr., Federal Bureau of Investigation - May 1995

• Detective John M. Gibson, United States Capitol Police - July 1998

• Officer Marlon E. Morales, Metro Transit Police - June 2001

• Special Agent Robert Martin Roth, Federal Bureau of Investigation - May 2008

• Second Lt. Francis Joseph Stecco, Fairfax County Police - October 2008

• Special Agent Chad L. Michael, Drug Enforcement Administration - October 2009

• Special Agent Forrest N. Leamon, Drug Enforcement Administration - October 2009

• Officer Paul Michael Dittamo, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police - October 2010

• Officer Chris Yung, Prince William County Police - December 2012 and

• Officer Ashley M. Guindon, Prince William County Police - February 2016.

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