We know that what happened in downtown Goshen Thursday was a random weather-related event. Indulge us, though, if we choose to view some message and meaning in meteorology.
The weather this week has been overcast, rainy and unseasonably chilly in The Maple City. A welcome change arrived late Thursday afternoon, with sunshine brightening what had been a gray Goshen.
The Goshen News couldn’t help but notice that the shift arrived just in time for a memorial service outside the Goshen Police Department on Jefferson Street. Coincidence? Certainly. It was still a welcome sight, and the sun shone on a ceremony that was poignant and significant.
THURSDAY’S SERVICE in Goshen was part of a national observance. President John F. Kennedy in 1962 signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that day falls as Police Week.
Goshen’s ceremony took place in honor of police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, and to show support for the officers serving their communities. The event also included the dedication of a new memorial, one honoring officers who died as a result of non-duty-related circumstances while employed with the Goshen Police Department. The names memorialized thus far are Richard Bowman, who was killed during the Korean War; and Philip Rissot, who succumbed to leukemia in February.
The ceremony also called to mind an awful day in Goshen’s history: Dec. 11, 1998. That was the day Goshen Ptl. Thomas E. Goodwin was shot and killed by a gunman in Brookside Manor Mobile Home Park. Goodwin’s name is etched on a monument outside the police department, and scholarships are awarded annually in his honor.
HIS DEATH HIGHLIGHTED the risks faced by police officers. And people like Goodwin — the men and women of law enforcement, the people who sign up to serve and protect — deserve our thanks.