Police Gear Up for Busy Week
It was President John F. Kennedy in 1962 who signed the first proclamation designating May 15 Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and National Police Week. President Trump continued the tradition with his own proclamation.
Around the country on Wednesday, law enforcement agencies will join together hosting celebrations to honor those brave men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Officer Jon Hardy is honored each year as the only member of law enforcement in Gillette who was killed in the line of duty.
Each year, over 25,000 people from all over the country converge on Washington, D.C., to participate in National Police Week activities.
That number is a little lower in Gillette, but this year’s Peace Officer Memorial will be held at the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, 600 W. Boxelder Rd., from noon to 2 p.m.
The Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas will host their annual ceremony on Friday, May 17 at 11 a.m.
Also on Friday, former Campbell County Sheriff D.B. “Spike” Hladky will be inducted into the Wyoming Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.
According to his nomination letter, Hladky served five terms as sheriff from 1967 to 1986. His first job in the two-man agency was as undersheriff in 1963, making $340 a month. At the end of his final term, the sheriff’s office had grown to 95 employees.
Current Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny is one of only four employees still employed at the sheriff’s office who worked with Hladky. Matheny is scheduled to give the welcoming remarks at the ceremony in Douglas on Friday.