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Police memorial service to honor local heroes

Blackhawks’ Cornelison to sing, Lappe to speak

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 6:44 p.m. CST

During the week of May 13-19, National Law Enforcement Week, Americans across the United States will honor fallen police officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

This week also offers an opportunity to reflect on the individuals within our own communities who have given the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the lives of others.

The Grundy County Law Enforcement Managers Association would like to invite the public to join in honoring the sacrifices of local law enforcement officers Marshal Enoch T. Hopkins and Patrolman Clarence R. Roseland of the Morris Police Department, along with Channahon Firefighter Kenneth J. Frayne and Morris Fire-fighter James K. Allen.

A public ceremony is slated for 10 a.m. Thurs-day, May 16, on the  lawn of the Grundy County Courthouse, 111 E. Wash-ington St., Morris.

The ceremony will open with the singing of the “National Anthem” by none other than Jim Cornelison. Cornelison is an award-winning and accomplished tenor who has been singing the “National Anthem” full time for the Chicago Blackhawks since 2007.

The ceremony’s featured speaker will be Officer Michael K. Lappe of the Chicago Police Department. Officer Lappe sustained a life-threatening injury, which hospitalized him for 4 ½ months and resulted in a spinal cord injury, when he was shot in the throat responding to a domestic disturbance.

Officer Lappe received the “Blue Star” award for bravery in the line of duty, and helped establish the “Police Survivors” organization, which served to help police officers throughout the state of Illinois as they recover from life-threatening injuries.

The Grundy County Honor Guard will be assembled for the memorial service, as will the Joliet Police Department Pipes and Drums Corp. Also performing will be Thomas Russell, a senior at Minooka High School, and Emma Roseland, great granddaughter of Patrolman Clarence Roseland.

The Grundy County Law Enforcement Managers Association is honored to pay tribute to the fallen officers within our own communities — “It’s not how these officers died that made them heroes….It is how they lived.”

Refreshments will be provided following the ceremony for all who attend.

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