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Peace Officers Memorial Day Tribute Holds Special Significance in Palo Alto

Peace Officers Memorial Day Tribute Holds Special Significance in Palo Alto

The flag outside Palo Alto City Hall, all City fire stations, and the Municipal Service Center will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15 in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty. 

This day holds extra significance in Palo Alto as it marks the 24th anniversary of the death of Palo Alto Reserve Officer Theodore Brassinga. Officer Brassinga was accidentally shot and killed on May 15, 1994, during a multi-agency police training exercise aboard an Amtrak train for the 1994 World Cup Soccer tournament.

The Palo Alto Police Department will pay tribute to Officer Brassinga and its two other officers who have fallen in the line of duty, Officer Gene Clifton and Reserve Officer Lester Cole. The public is invited to join the ceremony on May 15 at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Grove at Cogswell Plaza (corner of Lytton and Ramona).

 

Last Updated: May 14, 2019