Five SW Ohio officers who died in line of duty to be honored at 2021 Ohio Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony

Five SW Ohio officers who died in line of duty to be honored at 2021 Ohio Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony
Five southwest Ohio officers who died in line of duty will be among those honored next week at the 2021 Ohio Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony in London, Ohio (Source: WTVM)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The state’s annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony is held each May 7 in London, Ohio, where hundreds of law enforcement officers gather to honor fallen colleagues and their families.

This year, most of the officers who died in 2019 and 2020 that are being remembered are from southwest Ohio:

  • Kaia LaFay Grant, Springdale Police Department
Kaia Grant
Kaia Grant (Source: Springdale Police Department)
  • Adam McMillan, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
Cpl. Adam McMillan, 42, suffered serious injuries in a crash with a bus Thursday
Cpl. Adam McMillan, 42, suffered serious injuries in a crash with a bus Thursday (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
  • William L. Brewer Jr., Clermont County Sheriff’s Office
The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that 20-year veteran Deputy Bill Brewer died this weekend in a standoff.
The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that 20-year veteran Deputy Bill Brewer died this weekend in a standoff. (Source: WXIX)
  • Dale J. Woods, Colerain Township Police Department
Ceremony to honor Officer Dale Woods
Ceremony to honor Officer Dale Woods
  • Jorge R. Del Rio, Dayton Police Department
Dayton police say Det. Jorge DelRio remains on advanced life support after suffering injuries that are "tragically not survivable"
Dayton police say Det. Jorge DelRio remains on advanced life support after suffering injuries that are "tragically not survivable" (Source: Dayton police Twitte)

The other two officers from outside our region who also will be honored at Thursday’s ceremony are:

  • Anthony Dia, Toledo Police Department
  • James M. Skernivitz, Cleveland Police Department

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, members of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and law enforcement officers from across the state will honor these seven fallen heroes and the total 809 Ohio peace officers killed in the line of duty since 1823.

The ceremony will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

Three historical inductions also will occur.

Due to the continuing pandemic, public attendance will be limited to family members of the late officers, along with their agency representatives and event participants.

Ohioans can join in honoring those who died via a livestream of the event.

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