Orange County pays tribute to fallen police officers

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Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus speaks while Mike McGinn, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Jason Conklin Memorial Lodge, #957 listens

GOSHEN – Orange County paid tribute to fallen police officers on Friday at the annual law enforcement memorial service at the county courthouse in Goshen.

Former New York Police Department Chief of Department Terence Monahan served as the keynote speaker.

“This service enabled us to not only to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but also to show our support for their families,” said County Executive Steven Neuhaus.  “We all respect their commitment, dedication and bravery and should let them know that, today and every day.”

District Attorney David Hoovler, Sheriff Carl E. DuBois and several other dignitaries also attended the event.

The annual event, hosted by the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, Jason Conklin Memorial Lodge, #957, honors Orange County’s law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and whose names have been enshrined on two memorial walls outside the Courthouse.

“The Law Enforcement Memorial Service allows us to pause to honor and remember our fallen brothers and sisters and to keep faith with their families and friends,” DuBois said. “We pledge to always remember that they made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting others.”

“We honor those brave men and women who protect and serve every day and pay tribute to officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and show our support their families and friends. It was a very important and moving ceremony,” said Hoovler.