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May 17, 2013

Clinton law enforcement honored


Stevens located a flashlight and filled a soft-side cooler with empty bottles for better flotation. Stevens walked into the 58-degree water and attempted to locate the woman. After several moments, he made verbal contact with her and then located and maintained physical contact with her while floating downstream until the fire department boat located them and pulled them from the water.

On Thursday, police continued their celebration of people that have served the community by hosting a memorial ceremony outside of the Clinton Police Department.

Mayor Mark Vulich read a proclamation declaring May 15 Peace Officer's Memorial Day as part of National Police Week.

"I think today's ceremony is important to honor those that gave their lives for the community and to make it safe to walk the streets of Clinton," Vulich said.

Two officers have been killed in the line of duty in the history of the Clinton Police Department. Fred Koch was shot by a suspect on Aug. 4, 1926. Todd Stone died instantly on Jan. 27, 1993, after he lost control of his police vehicle while pursuing a suspect.

Clinton police Chaplain John McClung spoke during the ceremony, calling for a moment of silence for those officers who died while serving the community.

"This week, police week, is a time we take pause to consider law enforcement's greatest achievements as well as their sacrifices," McClung said. "Because of their service, we enjoy a level of safety and peace and of freedom that other nations around the world can only imagine. We also pause to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice."



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