The annual Peace Officer Memorial Day ceremony in Lebanon is always a solemn proceeding. But this year, just over a month since the line of duty death of Lebanon Police Lt. William Lebo, it was even more so.
A double line of police officers and other law enforcement officials from across the county stood at attention as the ceremony went on this morning, in front of the Lebanon Municipal Building.
Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello said there have been almost 26,000 line of duty deaths in this country since Peace Officer Memorial Day was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. There are three such deaths on the Lebanon Police Department’s rolls: Chief Aaron McCord in 1890, Patrolman Cyrus Schaeffer in 1903 and Lt. Lebo on March 31st.
The mayor said the ever-present danger of sudden, deadly violence in police work cannot be compared to other occupations:
Lebanon Police Chief Todd Breiner said the constant worry that he’ll receive a call that an officer has been injured or killed is the hardest part of his job, as March 31st proved:
Also honored as line of duty deaths were South Londonderry Township Police Sgt. Cheryl Pierce and Lebanon native and Reading Police officer Michael Wise, as well the late state senator Dave Arnold, who served as the county’s District Attorney for 14 years.
A bugler blew taps and a bagpiper played Amazing Grace in tribute to the fallen.