Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus is encouraging residents to attend the 2018 Orange County Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Fri., May 4 at 6 p.m. at the entrance to the Orange County Courthouse in Goshen NY. The annual event, hosted by the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, Jason Conklin Memorial Lodge, #957, honors 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.
Featured speakers at the event will include Neuhaus, Orange County District Attorney Dave Hoovler and Sheriff Carl E. DuBois. The service, which also pays tribute to the families of fallen law enforcement officers, will last approximately one hour. It is open to all members of the law enforcement community and to the general public. A reception will be held in the courthouse lobby after the service.
At this year’s service, the names of New York Police detectives Thomas F. Weiner of Maybrook and Christopher Strucker of Montgomery will be 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.
“This is always a very moving, emotional event,” Neuhaus said. “The service gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the chance to support their families. Now more than ever, our community needs to extend our support to law enforcement. We all respect their commitment, dedication and bravery and should let them know that, today and every day.”