On Wednesday, May 14th, law enforcement personnel who died in the line of duty will be honored in an Interfaith Memorial Service. The service will be held at St.Paul's Episcopal Church, 400 Ridge St., Lewiston and begins at 7:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend this event. This is the 17th year that police agencies from Western New York and Southern Ontario will honor the memories of their fallen brothers and sisters in a special service. The Interfaith Memorial Service coincides withNational Police Week, May 11-17. Lockport Police Chief Lawrence Eggert has been invited to give the keynote address. The host pastor will be Rev. Diane M. Pike, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Chief Eggert has served the City of Lockport for 34 years. After beginning his career as a patrolman he rose up through the ranks as a narcotics detective, a patrollieutenant, a patrol captain and Chief of Detectives. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a Master's in Criminal Justice from Buffalo State College.
Eggert serves as an instructor for the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy and an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice at both Buffalo State College and Erie Community College. He and his wife, the former Marea Scalzo, have two children, Meredith and Thomas.
Held during National Police Week, a time to pay special recognition to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others, the Niagara County service will feature the reading of the Roll of Honor – the roster of officers killed in the line of duty through the years – and a presentation of memorial wreaths by representatives from participating law enforcement agencies. Agency honor guard members will join area musicians in rendering a rifle salute and "Taps" to the memories of those we will honor.
Immediately following the service, a reception will be provided by the Niagara Falls Block Club Council in the St. Paul's Church fellowship hall.
The media and public are invited. There is no cost to attend this event.