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Officers who died in the line of duty are honored

LEWISTON – United States and Canadian officer who died in the line of duty will be honored at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 19th annual Niagara Interfaith Chaplaincy Police Memorial Service. The service is open to the public and will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 400 Ridge St.

The annual observance is held during National Police Week to honor the memories of fallen officers. Police agencies from across Western New York and Southern Ontario will be in attendance.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Lewiston Police Chief Frank J. Previte III. Previte joined the Lewiston Police Department in 1997 and served 15 years as a sergeant and patrol supervisor before being named chief in August. He is a graduated of the FBI National Academy and a certified New York State Police and Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy instructor. He holds certifications as a hostage negotiator, as well as a weapons training, firearms and defensive tactics instructor.

The Niagara County service will feature a reading of the Roll of Honor, recognizing the officers killed in the line of duty through the years and a presentation of a memorial wreath.

Agency honor guards will render a rifle salute with an accompaniment by area musicians who will perform “Taps.” A reception hosted by the Niagara Falls Block Club will follow.

Rev. Canon Barbara Price will be the host pastor.