National Police Week in Washington DC is underway. Numerous events will be held to honor fallen law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2017, including fallen Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox.
Sunday: At 8 p.m. ET Sunday, thousands of people will gather on the National Mall for a candlelight vigil. Featured speakers include U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, and other police survivors and memorial fund officials.
Monday: Conferences will be held all day for friends and family members who have had loved ones killed in the line of duty.
Tuesday: On Tuesday, a ceremony from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol will be held. A wreathlaying ceremony will be held immediately following the memorial service at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
The memorial is centered in Washington, DC and is the nation’s monument to officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers. In April, Officer Cox's name was engraved on the memorial wall. If you visit the memorial, you can find it in section 27 W 31.
The memorial features marble walls with the names of more than 21,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty throughout U.S. history, dating back to the first known death in 1791, according to the memorial's website.
Officer Cox died on Nov. 5, 2017 during a traffic stop. The Winnebago County Coroner's Office says he died of blunt force trauma possibly due to a crash. The driver of that suspect vehicle, 49-year-old Eddie Patterson, also died. According to city officials he died of gunshot wounds likely caused after Officer Cox fired his gun during the incident. An investigation in to both of their deaths is ongoing.
Officer Cox, along with 360 other law enforcement officers who died in 2017, will be honored this week during National Police Week.
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