National Police Week


ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – This week, police officers throughout the nation will band together to honor their brothers and sisters in Blue.

The memorial ceremonies will all take place during National Police Week, which began May 12 and will continue through Saturday.

It all began back in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the following week as Police Week.

Through time, the memorials grew as more and more officers and communities joined together to honor fallen police officers.

Every year since 1982, officers respond to Washington D.C. for candle light vigils, memorials and more.

In fact, the Odessa Police Department Honor Guard is in Washington D.C. and will severe in the cordon for President Donald Trump during National Police Week.

With that in mind, there are still ways to show your support right here in the Permian Basin.

Police officials are asking residents to replace their porch lights with blue blubs to honor fallen officers.

They are also inviting the public to join them for a memorial service in which they will honor fallen officers across the country, the state and here in West Texas.

The Midland and Odessa Police Departments, along with the Midland and Ector County Sheriff’s Office will join together Friday with Lubbock Police and the Texas Department of Public Safety to honor nine local officers who were killed in the line of duty.

Local officers include:

Ector County

  • Deputy Thad West – Feb. 27, 1958

Odessa Police

  • Cpl. G.T. Toal – August 19, 1982
  • Officer Scott Smith – Feb. 6, 1988
  • Cpl. Arlie Jones – Sept. 8, 2007
  • Cpl. Scott Gardner – Sept. 8, 2007
  • Cpl. Abel Marquez – Sept. 12, 2007

Midland County

  • Sgt. Michael Naylor – Oct. 9, 2014

Lubbock Police

  • Officer Rodney Kendricks – July 8, 2001

Midland Police

  • Nathan Heidelberg – March 5, 2019

The Memorial Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, 6801 E. Highway 80.

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