Ceremony honoring fallen police officers held in GR

The annual police memorial held at the Grand Rapids Police Department on Tuesday. (May 12, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Police Department held its annual police memorial Tuesday morning.

The ceremony paid tribute to fallen officers from Grand Rapids, Kent County and those with ties to the area.

It’s an annual tradition for police departments across the country during National Police Week.

At the ceremony bagpipes were played and Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky read off the names of fallen officers from the area who have died over the past several decades.

Capt. Michael Maycroft of the Grand Rapids Police Department said the ceremony hits home for him every year.

“It’s a profession that has its dangers, we know that,” Maycroft said. “We always say you never want to add another name to that wall and unfortunately we know that’s just not going to happen.”

The Grand Rapids Police Department sent some of its officers to Washington, D.C. to take part in National Police Week.

Additionally, nearly 20 officers from departments in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties are participating in Tuesday night’s Police Unity Tour in Washington. The officers joined others from across the country for the bike tour from New Jersey to Washington in memory of officers who have lost their lives and to raise funding for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum.

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