Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, District Attorney David Hoovler and Sheriff Carl E. DuBois attended the 2018 Orange County Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Fri., May 4. Several County Legislators also were present at the event, which was held at the entrance to the Orange County Courthouse on the campus of the Government Center.
Approximately a dozen law enforcement agencies attended the service. The annual service, hosted by the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, Jason Conklin Memorial Lodge, #957, honored Orange County’s 30 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and whose names have been enshrined on two memorial walls outside the courthouse.
The service also paid tribute to the families of fallen law enforcement officers. Jason Conklin, an officer with the Tuxedo Police Department, died in a line of duty police vehicle accident in August of 1997. The Memorial Lodge was formed in his honor shortly after his death and has more than 600 members, including representatives from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
At the service, the names of New York Police detectives, Thomas F. Weiner of Maybrook and Christopher Strucker of Montgomery, were added to the wall. Both perished from World Trade Center-related illnesses. Their deaths were subsequently designated line of duty by the NYPD. Weiner and Strucker were first responders during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. They also performed duties related to the search and recovery effort at Ground Zero in the months following the attack.