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The City of Cuyahoga Falls will be hosting the annual Peace Officers Memorial Service to pay tribute to fallen officers, on Wednesday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at the Police Memorial, located at the Cuyahoga Falls Civic Center Campus, 2310 2nd St. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Kim Hoover, Stow Municipal Court Judge. Judge Hoover is credited with creating the Fallen Officer Memorial at Stow Municipal Court.
This year, the names of Louis Dirker II, Gerald Archer, and Robert Kidd will be inscribed on the memorial wall. Louis Dirker II served the city of Cuyahoga Falls from 1974-2001 when he retired as Chief of Police. He then served as Chief of Police for the city of Stow from 2003-2014. Officer Gerald Archer was a Cuyahoga Falls Police Officer from 1968-1980. Finally, Officer Robert Kidd served Northampton from 1972-1986 and after the merger, served the City of Cuyahoga Falls from 1986-1989. Clarence Chance will also be remembered this year for the 70th Anniversary of his line of duty death on May 30, 1947.
“Our police force continues to provide our citizens with unmatched services while offering the utmost professionalism and commitment to the community,” stated Mayor Don Walters. “We are all grateful for their dedication to keeping us safe from harm. We honor them, we remember them, and we thank them for their service.”
Steve Amos, Chairman of the Cuyahoga Falls and Silver Lake Police Memorial and Honor Guard Foundation, said. “Through the support of Mayor Walters and Hovey, along with local business involvement including A & C Welding, The Fabor Foundation, Giant Eagle Market District, Pilot Plastics, Private Label Beverages and Western Reserve Hospital, the CFSLPMF is proud to maintain the appearance of the memorial, conduct an annual service during National Police Week, promote community awareness of this profession, and honor officers who served, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting others.”
The Cuyahoga Falls and Silver Lake Police Memorial and Honor Guard Foundation is asking the public to show their support for their local law enforcement officers by displaying black and blue ribbons, turning on a blue porch light or flying a police memorial flag during the week.
Memorial flags may be purchased from Falls Flag and Banner, with donations from each sale going to the Cuyahoga Falls and Silver Lake Police Memorial and Honor Guard Foundation. With the support of city officials from both Cuyahoga Falls and Silver Lake, 115 police memorial flags will fly over city streets and other public buildings. Schools, businesses, and private residents will also be flying the flag. The Foundation believes this may be one of the largest police memorial flag displays in the country.
In August 2012, the Police Memorial was dedicated in the City of Cuyahoga Falls to honor the men and women of the Cuyahoga Falls and Silver Lake Police Departments. Each year, during National Police Week, a service is held to remember and honor fallen officers. The 2017 National Police Week will be observed beginning May 14, and will run through May 20.