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Annual memorial service for fallen law enforcement officers May 8 in Woodbridge

The lives and service of 17 law enforcement officers who lived or served in Prince William County and died in the line of duty between 1922 and 2016 will be honored during a memorial and tribute service and candlelight vigil May 8 in Woodbridge.

This annual event – which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Prince William County Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. It will be held on Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Government Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge (22191).

National Police Week is May 14-20 this year, and National Peace Officers Memorial Day is May 15th. Each May, communities nationwide pay tribute to the thousands of law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities.
The law enforcement officers to be honored are:

• Officer Ashley Guindon, Prince William County Police – February 2016

• Officer Chris Yung, Prince William County Police – December 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prince William County Police Chief Barry Barnard said the tribute is a way for the community recognize those law enforcement officers who lived, or worked, in greater Prince William County and who gave their lives in the line of duty. “It is also a time to recognize those peace officers who continue to courageously and conscientiously maintain a delicate balance between the liberty of the individual and a high degree of social protection,” he said.











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