“Law enforcement is often a thankless job, and we want our officers to know that we appreciate what they do,” says Pastor John Smith.
One of the ways Grace Church shows appreciation the men and women who risk their lives each day to serve our community is by hosting the annual 32nd annual Peace Officers Appreciation and Memorial Service. The service was initiated in 1984 by West Lampeter Township PD Officer Roy Shaubach as a way to memorialize Lancaster County’s police officers who had been killed in the line of duty.
Schedule: This year’s event, held on Sunday, May 15, will start with a reception for law enforcement members beginning at 9:45 a.m. The reception will be followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. This special morning will also include:
Speaker: Chief Timothy Caldwell of the Lower Windsor Township Police Department (York County) will share a message of hope and encouragement for law enforcement officers and their families. During his twenty-nine years with Lower Windsor, Chief Caldwell also served for eight years in the US Navy Reserve andwas deployed (2004-2005) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to serving with the Lower Windsor PD, Chief Caldwell served with the Lancaster County Department of Parks and the Quarryville Borough Police Department. Chief Caldwell and his wife, Susan, have five daughters and a growing number of grandchildren. He and his family are active at the Grace Brethren Church in Wrightsville.
Awards: Other special guests include District Attorney Craig Stedman, State Senator Ryan Aument, and State Representative Keith Greiner who will be presenting the following three annual awards, given in conjunction with the Lancaster County Chiefs of Police Association:
- Office of the Year Award
- Investigator of the Year Award
- Award for the Outstanding Act of Bravery
The service will close with the reading of the Roll Call of Honor, remembering Lancaster County law enforcement personnel who have given their lives in the line of duty. This will include a special presentation by members of the honor guards of both West Lampeter PD and Lancaster Bureau of Police.
“It is our pleasure to be involved in the service. It is truly moving to attend. We really appreciate the support your church has shown to all police officers in the County for the past 30 years. God bless.” Brian Wiczkowski, Chief, West Lampeter Police.
“It is always such a pleasure to attend your service! You have a fantastic group there. Thank you so very much for carrying on this great tradition” Craig Stedman, District Attorney.