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May 16, 2013

Police ceremony honors fallen officers


“Most of the guys know it’s long overdue,” Alder said.

Around 10 a.m. yesterday, Alder led about a dozen police officers, most of them off-duty, as they marched from the Railroad Avenue police station to Broadway where a wreath was waiting. A few yards away from the station, Gagnon, who is retiring from the Amesbury Police Department early next month, joined the formation.

About 140 to 160 officers are killed in the line of duty each year, according to Concerns of Police Survivors, a national organization aimed at providing resources for families of slain officers.

Last week, Fowler joined more than 700 officers across the country in a multi-state bicycle ride to celebrate National Police Week. Riders began their journey in East Hanover, N.J., and biked hundreds of miles south to Washington, D.C., where they converged upon the peace officer memorial.

“It’s an incredible experience,” Fowler said.

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