Wood County Police Memorial Service

County salutes police who lost lives while on duty

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The bell sounding the last alarm was rung 12 times Thursday for the 12 law enforcement officers in Wood County who have died in the line of duty while serving local citizens. Dating back more than 120 years, the officers lost their lives to gunfights, car crashes and drowning. “We are reminded how dangerous it is each and every day,” Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards said to all the law enforcement members attending. The Wood County Commissioners thanked those who gave their lives for the citizenry. State Rep. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, spoke of an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper who died 50 years ago when he was in pursuit of two speeding vehicles on the turnpike near Ohio 795. He was just 22 years old. “Obviously police officers face dangers every time they put on their uniforms,” she said. Gavarone was critical of the media for inaccurately portraying law enforcement, by focusing on the negative not the positive actions by police. “I wish some attention would be paid to the good things you guys do,” she said. Gavarone mentioned two pieces of legislature affecting law enforcement and first responders. House Bill 115 is designed to improve communication between law enforcement and motorists with communication problems. The bill creates a system for information on drivers with communication difficulties to be accessed by law enforcement as soon as a vehicle is stopped. The other legislation increases penalties against people who harm first responders and other emergency workers as they respond to incidents. “Our police…


Memorial Service for fallen police officers, May 18

From THE WOOD COUNTY FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE The Wood County Police Memorial Service will be held on Thursday May 18, 2017 at 12:00 Noon. This service will be held on the front steps of the Wood County Court House. The Wood County Fraternal Order of Police will be paying special tribute to Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jon Birchem. This year marks the 50th year Anniversary of when Trooper Birchem was killed in the line of duty. Here in Wood County, there has been 12 law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty dating back to 1896. The most recent officer killed in the line of duty in Wood County was back in 1984. Ohio House Representative Theresa Gavarone will provide our Memorial Address. Further, Wood County Commissioners Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, Ted Bowlus, and Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards will present Proclamations for this annual Wood County Police Memorial Service. Officers from all police departments from Wood County will be participating in the service. This service is a combined effort of the Wood County Fraternal Order of Police and the Wood County Commissioners. In case of inclement weather, this service will be head in the Atrium Room at the court house. This service is open to the public.