‘Very important they understand how much we appreciate them’: Newport News honors fallen officers

Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — It has been 25 years since the last line of duty death in the Newport News Police Department, however Friday night the head of the state police reminded everyone how real the threats still are.

Every year NNPD hosts a memorial service to honor the lives and service of the 11 officers who have been killed in the line of duty. 

For the first time, the service was held on a Friday at the Mariner’s Museum.

“Perfect way to spend a Friday night,” said Doug Murphy of Gloucester, who drove down with this wife to see the ceremony. “Very important they understand how much we appreciate them … this is another sign of respect for these officers to know, if something does happen to them, they will be remembered they won’t be forgotten.”

The hour-long service featured the presentation of colors, a 21-gun salute, the playing of “Taps” and the National Anthem performed by Soundscapes.

Colonel Gary Settle, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police served as the keynote speaker. He talked about how it takes a special type of person to wear the badge.

“This job can reward you like no other,” said Settle. “But one day it might demand from you, everything in return.”

During the service, a single rose was placed in memory of each fallen officer. The final rose was presented by former Chief William Corvello, to honor for all those who serve today.

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