By ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Spring Hill Police Department will be holding a Police Memorial Service 7 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the Veterans Plaza at Port Royal Park, honoring officers across the country who have fallen in the line of duty.
The ceremony is being held in conjunction with National Police Week, a national proclamation signed into law in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy which sees tens of thousands of participants gather in Washington D.C. every year.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit organization dedicated to tracking and honoring fallen officers, there were 163 officers who fell in the line of duty in 2018, the majority cause of which being gunfire at 52 deaths.
Out of those 163 deaths, only one was reported from Tennessee – Sergeant Daniel Scott Baker, who was tragically killed on May 30 of 2018. Baker had close ties to Spring Hill’s police department, with his father, Darryl Baker, is a detective, and his step brother, Evan Bohn, a police officer, both at the Spring Hill Police Department.
Spring Hill Police and Fire Departments, with the help of Sudsy’s Car Wash, actually donated $18,000 to the family of Baker last year.
The ceremony will commence at 7 p.m. at Port Royal Park, located at 4825 Port Royal Road in Spring Hill.