PLAINFIELD — In celebration of National Police Week, the Plainfield Police Department held its annual awards ceremony last week at Duke Energy in Plainfield.
Chief Darel Krieger opened the program by giving several facts and statistics on how many police officers gave their lives in the line of duty over the past year.
“The good news is only 100 active duty officers have died over the past year,” Krieger said. “The bad news is 100 active duty officers have died over the past year.”
In the past year, 44 officers were feloniously killed in a variety of ways. He said those officers gave their lives in auto and motorcycle accidents, as well as being shot, stabbed and drowned. Those officers also served on a variety of departments: municipal, county, federal, university, tribal, state, and territorial.
Hendricks County Deputy Prosecutor Rhett Stuard served as speaker for the event.
“This is a community of values,” Stuard said. “The word 'values' may mean something different to different people. But we all understand that you all are the vanguard that protects whatever our values are.”
He commended the officers for their work in the community and the responsibility they take on when they put on their uniforms.
“During Police Week we remember those who have gone before us,” Stuard said. “We must build on the foundation they built so we give them the opportunity for their voices to be heard again.”
He told a few stories of perseverance and dedication.
“I thank you all for your dedication,” Stuard said. “This is a great community. And my God bless you and keep you safe.”
Following the program portion of the evening, the administrative team presented awards. Several officers received commendations and special awards.
Lt. Gary Tanner presented the Extra Mile Award to records clerk Debbie Phillips, a civilian employee.