Saturday, September 18, 2010

Congratulations to PBA Local No. 19 on Its Memorial Dedication

Photo courtesy of Dan Damon

On the anniversary of a day that will go down in infamy, September 11th, the Plainfield PBA Local No. 19 held a memorial dedication ceremony in honor of four Plainfield Police Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The weather was perfect, and the sun was shining bright for the occasion, yet the mood was melancholic as those who could, recalled the sadness of the life-altering events of many years ago. It was very emotional for some and bittersweet for all in attendance. The unveiling of the memorial was a lasting monument to the fallen officers, and a celebration of four lives gone too soon.

John Vincent Gleason, Jr. Robert Michael Perry. Frank Buczek. Abigail Powlett.

The memorial is a stark reminder of the dangers faced by Plainfield’s finest each and every day. That it occurred on the ninth anniversary of one of America’s darkest days also reminded us of the many innocent lives that were lost on that day. It is a fitting tribute to four of the City’s finest, who took an oath to honor, serve, and protect the citizens of Plainfield. In so doing, they left home one day never to return to their families and loved ones. All died in the line of duty.

Family members of the fallen officers gave touching reminiscences of the lives of the officers they knew, some barely, as parents or sibling, while others in law enforcement recalled the painful days when four innocent voices were silenced and many lives shattered.

The members of PBA Local No. 19 are to be commended for making the memorial possible and for its high quality. It is my hope and prayer that no additional names will ever be added to the memorial. Congratulations to PBA Local No. 19 for a job well done.



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