Austin, Texas – This year’s Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony, honoring those who died in the line of duty in 2015, will be held on May 1-2 at the Texas Capitol grounds.
The event will begin with a Candlelight Vigil at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Memorial wall with United States Congressman Ted Poe delivering the keynote address. The Memorial Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Monday on the south steps of the Capitol. This will include Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick presenting medals and resolutions to the surviving family members.
"This annual Memorial Ceremony is a priceless opportunity for both the civic and Law Enforcement communities to come together to honor and pay tribute to our fallen peace officers. These heroes have paid the ultimate sacrifice while courageously protecting and serving the citizens of the great State of Texas. We will be forever thankful for what these families have sacrificed," said Ashlee Hardy, President of Metroplex Concerns of Police Survivors.
Members of Law enforcement from across the state, friends and families of our fallen officers, elected officials, and countless supporters of law enforcement will be in attendance.
The ceremony is coordinated and hosted by the Texas Chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which includes the Metroplex, Greater Houston, and South Texas chapters.
The fallen officers being honored are:
Eligio Ruiz Garcia, JR., Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Christopher A. Davis, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Richard K. Martin, Houston Police Department
Christopher Dan Kelley, Hutto Police Department
Korby Lee Kennedy, San Angelo Police Department
Tronoski D. Jones, Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Darren H. Goforth, Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Jeffrey Emmons Radford, Bell County Constable’s Office
William Karl Keesee, Texas Department of Public Safety
Darrell L. Allen, Marlin Police Department
Timothy A. Davison, Texas Department of Criminal Justice