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Memorial service Wednesday for police officers killed in the line of duty

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The public is invited to the 15th annual Denton County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service to be held at 12 noon this Wednesday, May 18, in front of the Denton County Courts Building, 1450 E. McKinney St. in Denton.

The service is observed throughout the nation as part of National Police Week, May 15-21.

The ceremony will remember the six Denton County law enforcement officers that have been killed in the line of duty:

Detention Officer Floyd Cobberly, Denton County Sheriff’s Office, killed by a prisoner during a jail escape Feb. 24, 1897.

Special Deputy Robert Bruce Parsons, Denton County Sheriff’s Office, shot and killed during the investigation of a criminal gang Aug. 6, 1925.

Deputy Carl (Red) Garrett, Denton County Sheriff’s Office, shot and killed during a liquor raid July 3, 1934.

Texas Ranger Bob Doherty, shot and killed during a drug raid Feb. 20, 1978.

Trooper Hollis Steven Lacey, Texas Highway Patrol, killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a traffic violator Dec. 26, 1980.

Sergeant William Keith Thurston, Denton County Sheriff’s Office, killed in an automobile accident while answering a distress call Dec. 6, 1986.

The event is sponsored this year by the Denton County Law Enforcement Association FOP Lodge No. 67, and law enforcement agencies throughout Denton County will participate.

For more information, contact Denton County Sheriff’s Deputy Johnny Peters at 940-390-4251.

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