MORGANTOWN W.Va – May 15 is recognized as Police Memorial Day througout the United States.
The Morgantown Police Department hosted a wreath laying ceremony outside of the public safety building on Wednesday to memorialize and pays respects to fallen officers.
“We remember Frank Fidazzo who is a Morgantown Police Officer that died in a training accident. We remember Todd May, who was killed during an attempt to apprehend a drunk driving suspect from the sheriff’s office,” said Chief Ed Preston of the Morgantown Police Department.
The day pays tribute to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers.
“Within our county, it means different things to the different agencies because of the losses that they’ve suffered. Some of us that came from other agencies and other places have lost friends in the line of duty, as folks that we’ve worked with or grew up with or went to the police academies with,” said Preston.
All Monongalia county law enforcement agencies were invited to attend.
“Everybody within Mon County was represented, from the State Police, on down. Here locally, because it just shows that no matter who we work for or what uniform we put on, we’re still the law enforcement community as a whole,” said Preston.
Preston says many types of ceremonies will be held all throughout the nation today.
“It has a lot of different connotations to everybody involved in the law enforcement community because unfortunately, we know when we go to work and we put on the uniform, we may not come home that night,” said Preston.