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Officers from several police agencies await the start of National Police Week ceremonies Thursday at the north entrance to the Boone County Courthouse.

Reporter photo by Rod Rose
Lebanon Reporter

More than a dozen officers from area police agencies lined the Boone County Courthouse steps Thursday for a 15-minute National Police Week observance.

Both benediction and invocation were given by Boone County Sheriff’s Office Chief Chaplain Mike Goforth.

A Boone County Sheriff and two Indiana State Police troopers assigned to Boone County who died in the line of duty were commemorated by Sheriff Ken Campbell.

John Pepper had been sheriff a mere two months when he died in a Feb. 7, 1935 traffic accident. Trooper Richard G. Brown died in a Sept. 27, 1967 crash on Interstate 74. Master Trooper Michael Greene was murdered at a traffic stop on Feb. 5, 1993.

Survivors of fallen officers who attended included Brown’s daughter, Lisa Garoffolo, and Greene’s brother, John Greene.

Also attending were Alice Moore-Felty and Elizabeth Rea, widow and daughter of John Edward Moore, a Gary police officer killed April 4, 1955.

Lebanon Police Chief Tom Garoffolo read his poem, “The Thin Blue Line,” which he wrote after hearing of the death of a northern Indiana police officer.

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