Fallen Officers Memorial Held In Pierre Wednesday

(KCCR) — Law enforcement officials from across South Dakota gathered in Pierre Wednesday to remember sacrifice made by the 69 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during the 2019 South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service. Major Rick Miller with the South Dakota Highway Patrol read from the proclamation made by Governor Kristi Noem in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day…

“It is imperative we honor Law Enforcement Officers past and present who by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities have provided a dedicated service to their South Dakota communities and in doing so have established for themselves and enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.”
Keynote Speaker South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says it’s important that everyone remember what the fallen officers have given to keep us safe…

“Together, here today, we reaffirm that regardless of how many years may go by, we as a people and as a state, will not forget the sacrifices of what these public servants gave to enforce our laws and protect our people.  For that reason I stand here today and ask each and every one of you to adopt the common cause that each of these fallen heroes pursued.  To work together for a safer and more just society.”
One by one, David Natvig, Director of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation read out the names of South Dakota’s fallen officers…

“Pierre Police Department, Alva Burnett;  Brule County Sheriff’s Office, James Boney and Clarendon Miller; Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Police, Merrill Bruguier;  Haakon County Sheriff’s Office Matthew Schofield; Hyde County Sheriff’s Office, Hugh McNamara; Miller Police Department, William Stender.”

The day of honoring South Dakota’s fallen law enforcement began with the annual laying of a wreath at the Law Enforcement Memorial located next to Capitol Lake on the South Dakota State Capitol Complex.