The event, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, is held each year on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. to commemorate fallen officers across the nation.
Providence Police Sergeant Maxwell Dorley, who was killed on April 19, 2012 when his car struck a utility pole while responding to a call for assistance, was one of 143 fallen officers across the nation honored at todays ceremony.
Sergeant Dorleys death is a reminder to us all that every officer who takes the oath and wears the shield of the Providence Police Department puts their life on the line every day they come to work, said Mayor Taveras. It is an honor to visit our nations capital to honor Sergeant Dorleys and all our fallen officers.
President Barack Obama addressed the crowd of thousands in attendance, including the families of fallen officers from across the nation, at the Memorial Service.
A wreath laying ceremony immediately followed the memorial service at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.