GOSHEN — With tears in her eyes, Jennifer Rissot gently bent down and placed a white rose on the plaque bearing the name of her late husband, Philip.
He died from leukemia while on active duty with the Goshen Police Department Feb. 4.
A new memorial was dedicated during a Peace Officers Memorial Day service Thursday evening on the lawn of the Goshen Police Department.
“It’s really nice and it’s an honor,” Rissot of Middlebury said, while hugging her daughters, Lillianne, Camille and Abbigaile.
Beverly and Dennis Rissot, parents of Phil, stood beside their daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
“It’s overwhelming,” Beverly Rissot said, wiping her eyes with a Kleenex. “A lot of times... don’t have words to express (emotions).”
The memorial has two plaques dedicated to officers who died as a result of non-duty related circumstances while employed with the police department, said Chaplain Jim Shrock.
He looked down at the plaques bearing the names Richard E. Bowman, who served from 1948 to 1951 with Unit 24 and Philip T. Rissot, who served from 1999 to 2014 with Unit 128.
Bowman was a Goshen police officer who was serving in the military when he was killed in Korea in 1951 during the Korean War.
“This is so nice and it was just completed today (Thursday),” Shrock said. “The rain has subsided and the sun has come out as we pay tribute to all our officers.”
There was a presentation of the “Colors” by the Police Honor Guard along with the firing of a 21-gun salute and the playing of echo Taps.
The annual announcement of the awarding of the Thomas E. Goodwin Memorial Scholarships to local students was made by Sharon Johnson, Goodwin’s aunt. Ptl. Thomas Goodwin was killed while on duty by a gunman Dec. 11, 1998.
The recipients include Evan Chanley who plans to study at Ivy Tech; Peter Durfey who plans to study at Indiana University South Bend; Gavin Perkins who plans to study at Wesleyan University and Zackary Roeder who plans to study at Indiana University South Bend. Roeder is the son police officer Steve Roeder.
“It’s always good to award a scholarship to a son of an officer,” Johnson said.