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Washington County honors fallen officers

WC has lost 7 members in the line of duty since 1925

Photos by Michele Newbanks Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks lays flowers Monday morning at the memorial to fallen officers at the Fourth Street site of the criminal division of the sheriff’s office.

Honoring the fallen:

¯ Harrison Boyd, Marietta Police – Jan. 11, 1925.

¯ Charley Ross, Washington County Sheriff’s Office – Oct. 4, 1947.

¯ Frank Wilson, Beverly Police – Jan. 15, 1949.

¯ Donald O. McLaughlin, Beverly Police – Aug. 16, 1970.

¯ Ray R. Joe Clark, Washington County Sheriff’s Office – Feb. 7, 1981.

¯ Charles G. Scott Jr., Marietta Police – Jan. 26, 1989.

¯ Rodney K. Kinzy, Washington County Sheriff’s Office – April 17, 1990.

Source: Marietta Mayor Josh Schlicher.

As part of a memorial to fallen law enforcement, wreaths were placed at the Marietta City Building and the Fourth Street site of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Truman Noe, chaplain with the sheriff’s office, spoke at both sites, asking for remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“And that their honor would be remembered, so that we can continue to remember and carry on the sacrifice,” Noe said.

He also read the Police Officer’s Prayer.

“And please, Lord, through it all, be at my side,” it concludes.

“The words of courage, strength, dedication, concern and compassion are very important words in law enforcement,” Noe said. “The one we honored today took that to the utmost.”

Sheriff Larry Mincks asked to speak in front of the sheriff’s office about challenges law enforcement face.

“You have a challenge in front of you right now,” explained Mincks. “It’s probably the greatest you will ever experience in law enforcement, because we have those out there today who are seeking to defund us and do away with our profession. Law enforcement is certainly one of the pillars of true democracy. We need to fight this to the utmost.”

He said after the ceremony that there must be a strong law enforcement presence.

“If you don’t have people who can go out and conduct their business without fear, then they can’t conduct their business,” he said. “So we need law enforcement to protect them and give them a sense of security.”

The ceremony was to commemorate fallen members of both the city police and the sheriff’s office.

“These are people that gave their lives to their community for an oath to uphold the Constitution,” said Marietta Police Capt. Aaron Nedeff. “I won’t compare them to veterans, necessarily … but in the same breath, they’ve been disabled out of service to their community.”

Marietta Mayor Josh Schlicher read the Police Week proclamation, noting seven members of law enforcement who had been killed in the line of duty from Washington County since 1925.

“One of the core responsibilities of the city has … especially my office as the chief conservator of peace … is law enforcement and the community,” replied Schlicher.

He said the service must be recognized, along with the loss of life that has occurred over the years.

“Fortunately for Marietta, we haven’t had a long list of officers who have been killed in the line of duty,” continued Schlicher. “But the ones that we have lost, we will certainly recognize them and honor them. I think it’s one of those important parts of all of us to do as a civic duty.”

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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