Northern Kentucky Police Memorial honors fallen officers
By | May 16, 2013 at 1:17 AM EST - Updated August 29 at 12:20 AM
COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19)
Local police officers killed in the line of duty were honored on Wednesday at the Northern Kentucky Police Memorial.
The community remembered 37 local officers who put their job before everything else to keep the public safe. FOX19's very own Stephanie Woods was there to read off those names.
The ceremony even recognized the first officer to be honored on one of the newest additions to the memorial. Nickolas Bodkin was killed while responding to a disturbance at a bar in 1902.
His extended family, including his great grandson Steve Bodkin, were in attendance.
Bodkin says even though his great grandfather was killed over a century ago, it still hits home.
"We can't forget the day to day things they do are wonderful but when they put their lives on the line to protect us we got to stop and remember them," said Bodkin.
Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Bracke was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, and he says too many law enforcement agencies don't get enough credit for their hard work.
"No one ever calls police just to say 'hey things are great, just want you to know, it's quiet around here'. They don't get a thumbs up. They don't get a pat on the back. That's why events like this are so important," explained Bracke.
It was a bittersweet night for Bonnie Jansen and her husband. Her son Anthony made his career in law enforcement, but was shot and killed almost 30 years ago.
"I'm very proud. I'm proud of each one of my children, but I'm also proud of the other young men out there," said Jansen.
Anthony's son has followed in his father's footsteps and is currently a member of the Covington Police Department.
Those interested in supporting the Northern Kentucky Police Memorial can do so in two ways:
Brick Paver on sale for $40 - Contact Ed Bailey at email@example.com
5th Annual Police Memorial Golf Outing - Friday, Sept 6 at Eagle Creek County Club. Contact Mike Jansing at firstname.lastname@example.org