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May 12, 2012

Goshen community to remember fallen police officers

GOSHEN — On Tuesday, fallen police officers will be remembered with a ceremony in front of the Goshen Police & Courts Building.

“Chris Juroff (president of the local Fraternal Order of Police) will read names of fallen officers from over the last year in Indiana,” explained Goshen police officer and Honor Guard commander Kevin Koontz.

He hopes the Goshen community will turn out in large numbers this year to support police officers and remember the lives given in the line of duty.

“It’s important that everyone remember those who were killed in the line of duty each year and those who protect and serve their community,” Koontz said

The Tuesday service, part of National Police Week, will start at 6 p.m. in front of the police station, 111 E. Jefferson St.

The Goshen color guard will be joined by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s honor guard firing party. A bugler will play “Taps.” And a bagpiper from the Caledonia Kilty Band in Mishawaka will perform “Amazing Grace.”

Guest speakers will include Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman, Goshen Police Chief Wade Branson, Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers and Chaplain Jim Schrock of First Baptist Church in Goshen.

After that, Juroff will read the names of the fallen.

Sharon Johnson, aunt of the only Goshen police officer to be killed in the line of duty, Ptl. Thomas Goodwin, who was killed Dec. 11, 1998, by a gunman, will present the Thomas E. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship award to a local student.

The ceremony is expected to last about 45 minutes.

“We want the community to come out and show their respect and support,” Koontz said.

The Indiana State Police post at the Elkhart Toll Road entrance held a similar ceremony Friday morning.

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