LOWVILLE For the fourth year, Lewis County will host a police appreciation ceremony as part of National Police Week, May 11 through 17. This year it will honor one of its own.
Jail guard Patrick J. Fogarty was killed in the line of duty Aug. 17, 1958. It wasnt until last December, however, that the details of his death were submitted to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. His name will be inscribed there. The story of Mr. Fogartys death and inclusion on the memorial wall can be read at http://wdt.me/tJForR.
Undersheriff James M. Monnat and Sgt. Ryan Lehman will represent Lewis County at the Washington ceremony.
The county will recognize Mr. Fogarty at 7 p.m. May 16 at Beaver River Central School, 9508 Artz Road, Beaver Falls. Attendees will hear from guest speaker Michael C. Green, executive deputy commissioner of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services and former Monroe County district attorney.
We reach out to all of the surrounding counties, Undersheriff Monnat said. In previous years officials recognized Oneida County Sheriffs Deputy Kurt B. Wyman and state police Officer Craig J. Todeschini, both fallen officers.
Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering spoke last year as two members of his department, Lt. Michael Chiapperini and dispatcher Tomasz Kaczowka, were noted for their sacrifice in the line of duty.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the ceremony. Winners of the sixth-grade police appreciation essay contest will be announced at the event.
During National Police Week, residents and business owners are encouraged to decorate their properties with blue ribbons, lights and other decorations in honor of fallen officers and to show support for law enforcement.