National Police Week ceremony planned

To commemorate National Police Week, a memorial service is planned to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

The 30-minute ceremony will take place 9 a.m. Friday at the Public Safety Plaza, 200 Brown St., Columbus.

Officers will read the names of 145 police officers and 34 police canines killed in the line of duty during 2016. A wreath will be placed at the memorial in honor of Howard County deputy sheriff Carl Koontz and Fountain County Sheriff K-9 Tyson.

Koontz was shot and killed March 20, 2016, while attempting to serve arrest and search warrants on a suspect. The police dog died of heat exhaustion June 27, 2016, after tracking suspects in a search.

Mayor Jim Lienhoop will speak and the ceremony will also feature law enforcement honor guards, a 21-gun salute, bagpipes and the playing of taps. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.