The City Commission proclaimed May 11-17 as Key West Police Week.
On Friday, May 13, the community will have the opportunity to pay tribute to those brave men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. The annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service begins at 5 PM at Bayview Park in Key West.
Hosted by the Key West Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the ceremony includes a traditional laying of the wreath and a 21-gun salute.
Nationally, 458 officers died in the line of duty in 2021. In Florida, 61 officers were killed. Monroe County did not lose an officer in the line of duty during 2021.
The names of Keys officers who have died in the line of duty will be read as a special remembrance during the ceremony:
- MCSO Deputy Frank Adams was shot in 1901 while attempting to arrest a disorderly man.
- KWPD Officer Clarence Till was killed in 1904 with his gun while handling a disturbance call.
- MCSO Deputy Guy Bradley, a Game Warden, was shot in 1905 by a poacher.
- KWPD Officer Norman Drew was killed in 1975 in a motorcycle accident.
- MCSO Deputy David Cormier was killed in 1989 in an automobile accident.
- MCSO Deputy Michael Alexander was killed in 1998 in an automobile accident.
- KWPD Detective John Piskator died in 2006 due to a heart attack.
- MCSO Deputy Robin Tanner was killed in 2007 in an automobile accident.
- MCSO Deputy Nick Pham was killed in 2008 in an automobile accident.
- MCSO Deputy Melissa Powers was killed in 2010 in an automobile accident.
Everyone in the community is encouraged to come out and join local law enforcement officers and city officials in honoring those men and women who sacrificed their lives for us.