It was a day of remembrance, Friday, at the Iowa Capitol Building. That was the site of a ceremony to honor six peace officers who died in the line of duty. Two have Siouxland ties.
"We mourn the losses, but honor their memory," said Sen. Charles Grassley, (R) Iowa. Six Iowa peace officers killed in the line of duty were honored for making the ultimate sacrifice. Among them was a western Iowa deputy who lost his life just over a year ago. "Deputy Mark Burbridge, Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, End of watch May 1st, 2017," said Colonel Jeff Rizman, Iowa State Patrol. "It's tragic," said Joe Freman, Family Member of Deputy Mark Burbridge. "Its absolutely tragic to see all of the officers that have put their lives on the line for the state of Iowa, and all of our nation."
Peace officers whom were killed in the line of duty years ago, that never had the proper honor, were honored as well. "It was 99 years ago, that he was killed in the line of duty in a jail break," said Mike Van Otterloo, Plymouth County Sheriff. Deputy William A Maxwell, former Plymouth County Sheriff's Deputy, was killed back in 1919. "I just felt proud of our family, and proud of this little part of our heritage that I've always known about, but to be honored in this way is something really special," said Hugh Hart, Family Member of Deputy Maxwell. "It was a reminder for me about the sacrifice of all of the peace officers in Iowa over the years," adds Van Otterloo. "Not only those recently, but those in the past that have never been recognized and their names now put on the memorial wall."
And, although the fallen are no longer with us, their names and their memories will forever be a part of Iowa. "These peace officers were a vital part of Iowa's law enforcement community," said Governor Kim Reynolds, (R) Iowa. "A community that continually keeps our families, neighbors, and visitors safe."
Friday's ceremony comes as we prepare to celebrate National Police Week, which is May 13th through May 19th. It is a week to thank current, and retired peace officers for protecting and serving our communities.