Tuesday, May 1, 2012
May 1, 2012
CCSO Schedule of Events for Police Memorial Week Observation
While our county’s observation of National Police Memorial Week is always a somber and meaningful event, this year’s planned ceremonies and events take on special meaning in light of the death of CCSO Det. David White. The outpouring of support from our community has been terrific and we anticipate that support will continue this month as we gather to honor Det. White, his family, and all the fallen law enforcement members who are on the CCSO’s Wall of Honor.
First, on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, the Clay County Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the Det. White Memorial Fundraiser involving restaurants across Clay County. In partnership with the CCSO and Clay County FOP Lodge #104, donated funds from this one-day event will be used to help cover travel and lodging expenses for the CCSO Honor Guard, White Family and Det. White’s closest CCSO colleagues who will attend next year’s National Police Memorial in Washington DC where Det. White’s name will be added to the national memorial. Please see the attached flyer for details and locations.
Thursday, May 10th, 2012 is the day selected by our county to recognize National Police Memorial Week and to honor our local heroes. Here is the schedule for that day:
• 10am-11am, formal Police Memorial Week Ceremony held at Spring Park in Green Cove Springs. Participants and visitors are asked to find seating under and around the tent near the waterfront gazebo area. All families of line-of-duty death honorees are invited and will be recognized.
• 11:30am, CCSO Building Naming and Dedication Ceremony will be held at 901 North Orange Avenue. Sheriff Beseler and his staff will assist the White Family in the unveiling of the newly-installed signage that names our Green Cove Springs location the CCSO David A. White Memorial Headquarters. Special arrangements have been made regarding parking in the vacant lot across Hwy 17 from this location.
• Noon, we will relocate to the 3rd Floor Training Room for a brief ceremony during which Det. White’s photo will be added to the CCSO Wall of Honor. In addition, Sheriff Beseler will present Jennifer White with the funds raised for her family through the CCSO Humanitarian Fund (public/private donations from our community) and will also introduce special guests from the Military Order of the Purple Heart and from IPTM (Institute of Police Technology and Management) for presentations. During this ceremony we anticipate Jennifer White will speak briefly, commenting publicly about the events of the last four months. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
• 3pm, at the CCSO Middleburg Operations Center located at 1836 Blanding Blvd (intersection of Brannanfield and Blanding) a brief ceremony will be held to reveal Det. White’s name, newly-engraved on the stone monument at that location.
All of the above-mentioned events are open to the general public with the exception of the ceremony in the 3rd Floor Training Room (due to limited space; occupancy restrictions). All other ceremonies that day will be held outdoors so the public is welcome to attend. Members of the media are welcome to attend all ceremonies. Thank you for your interest in covering these special events. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mary Justino, CCSO PIO