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SLC Police Honor Fallen Fellow Officers
The first flower placed inside the wreath symbolized an officer who died in Salt Lake City more than a hundred years ago.
The last fragrant red carnation evoked the memory of a Salt Lake City detective who died in Iraq a little more than a month ago. Under a cloudy sky, the 120 or so attendees at Monday's annual Salt Lake City Police memorial service remembered with words and tears 24 members of the Salt Lake City Police Department killed in the line of duty throughout the department's history.
The service honored William Cooke, the first Salt Lake City officer to die on duty, who was killed October 18, 1858.
The most recent officer killed was Staff Sgt. James Cawley, a gang unit detective from Layton. Cawley, a marine reservist, was accidentally run over in his sleep by another marine during a sniper attack outside Nasiriyah, Iraq.
"We're here to remember our father but also to pay respect to other fallen officers," said Michael Clark. His father, Percy Clark, a Salt Lake City detective, was killed during a stakeout in 1973.
Though it has been three decades since their father died, the three Clark siblings who attended the memorial said they wanted to lend support to other families experiencing the pain of a losing a loved one.
"We know what they're going through," said Chris Thompson, one of Percy Clark's daughters.
Two granite stones outside the building bear the names of the department's fallen officers. "Today another name is added to the granite," said Police Chief Rick Dinse.
In 2000, Dinse said, when he was present to pay condolences to the Dunman family for the death of officer Michael Dunman, he hoped it would be a long time before more names were added. Since then, two more names have been etched on the memorial.
Monday was the Cawley family's turn to go through the pain of seeing the name of their father, brother, son and husband added to the second granite stone.
His wife, Miyuki Cawley, bowed her head and tears streamed down her face as the memorial began. Sgt. Cawley's sister, Julie Cawley Hanson, placed his red carnation in the wreath.
"I was thinking how sad it was that he's not here," Hanson said with tears in her eyes. "But he would have been honored with this tribute."
After the tribute was over, relatives visited and talked about their families. Sandi Dunman, whose husband died two years ago after he was hit by a car, hugged Cawley's widow in front of the granite stones that have their husbands' names.
Next week, law enforcement departments nationwide will be remembering fallen officers during National Police Week. On Thursday, police departments will fly their flags at half-staff.
Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson said he hoped the sacrifices and risks taken by all police officers are recognized by the public. "We need to honor those who put their lives on the line everyday," he said.