PITTSBURGH, PA – Again this year, the City of Pittsburgh joins cities across the country in observing National Police Week – May 10-16.
“Residents of the City and visitors may have noticed our Officers wearing black bands across their badges,” states Police Chief Cameron McLay. “These mourning bands are worn as a special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of the public.”
On Tuesday, Chief McLay suggested that flags at police bureau facilities be displayed at half-staff in honor of National Police Week, as allowed by the Federal government. The flags will remain lowered through the morning of Monday, May 18.
“Every day our Officers do an outstanding job of protecting our residents and the visitors of Pittsburgh. They do this with honor and courage. They do this without hesitation even when their own lives are at risk,” says Mayor William Peduto. “I commend Chief McLay and the Officers of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and pause to salute the sacrifice of those who have lost their lives in service to this City.”
Six of the 273 Officers whose names are being added to the national memorial in Washington D.C. this year are Pittsburgh Police Officers. The contributions of these six officers have been lost in history until now. Their names and end of watch dates are:
John George Gillespie 1/25/1955
George Hofmann 10/30/1919
John Graham Kelly 1/11/1903
Edward O’Dwyer 7/5/1881
Albert M Teeters 10/22/1904
John A. Weimar 8/24/1874
There were will be a formal dedication during the 27th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2015. So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be webcast live 8 p.m. To register for this free online event, visit www.LawMemorial.org/webcast.
On May 15, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary will host a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their families.
Commanders Larry Scirotto and Jason Lando will be among many Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officers in Washington D.C. for this annual observance.