As established by Congress in 1962, this week is National Police Week in which recognition is given to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
As communities and organizations across the country pay tribute to those who have fallen, Bellefonte hosted the Centre County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony. Many representatives from law enforcement organizations across Centre County converged on the front steps of the Centre County Courthouse to pay their respects. Those in attendance included Bellefonte, Spring Township, State College, Ferguson Township, and Patton Township Police Departments; as well as the Pennsylvania State Police.
Key speakers on hand to addressing attendees and participants included Centre County Commissioners Steven Dershem and Mark Higgins giving the Centre County Proclomation, Keynote Address from Senator Jake Corman. Roll Call of over 140 fallen officers were read aloud by Sheriff Bryan Sampsell, Chief Sean Albright, Sgt. Lucas Rankin, and Gene Lauri. The Ceremony culminated with "Amazing Grace" performed by Charles Tricou on bagpipes, a 21-Gun Salute by the Centre County Rifle Team, "Taps" performed by Officer Nick A. Raia on trumpet, and finally the Retiring the Colors by the State College Police Department Ceremonial Honor Guard, SCI-Rockview Honor Team, and the Moshannon Valley Correctional Center Team.