Honoring those who protect and serve

By ANNE

BLANKENSHIP

ablankenship@freemanjournal.net

Members of law enforcement from around Hamilton County gathered Wednesday morning for a service of recognition, honoring the police officers who have died around the nation and offering support to local law enforcement.

The service, conducted by American Legion Post 191, was held at the City Hall Plaza.

“We’re doing this because of the horrible acts that have happened in our nation, in our cities with our police officers,” said Marvin Carr, 8th District American Legion commander. “Our men and women in uniform have to be more vigilant and protect themselves. We pray they get home safely to their families.”

Dale Caquelin, Post 191 Commander, welcomed the police officers, state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters present.

“Law enforcement officers all across the country have paid the ultimate price, for wearing a uniform,” Caquelin said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.”

He reminded those in attendance that many of the officers are also veterans of military service.

“We in the American Legion want to let everyone who wears a uniform, regardless of military or civilian, know that we stand behind you,” Caquelin said.

Denny Schnathorst, a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol since 1993, said he was grateful for the recognition ceremony.

“It’s so refreshing to see you all here today and for the American Legion to host this and recognize what’s going on today,” he said.

Schnathorst said he felt the vast majority of Americans support law enforcement

“I believe deep in our hearts we know that. I know that and I’m thankful for that,” he said.

Councilman Logan Welch spoke on behalf of the city. He said it’s difficult to understand what law enforcement officer face every day in the field.

“Let me please thank you for the service you provide,” he said.

Welch added that Webster City doesn’t have to deal with many of the issues found in the national news.

“I think that speaks to you guys and the service you provide us,” he said. “Thanks for keeping us safe.”

The service ended with a closing prayer from American Legion Post 191 Chaplain Bruce Johnston and “Taps” performed by Allison Carr.