WASHINGTON, D.C. Two Nebraskans were among the 371 police officers whose names were added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. Monday.
Both were men who had died in the line of duty but their sacrifice was never documented. They are Halladay B. Pratt of the Nebraska City Police Department and Charles Ralston of the Weeping Water Police Department.
Officer Pratt died on February 10, 1902 of injuries sustained while attempting to arrest a suspect. According to the
Officer Down Memorial Page, Pratt was struck on the head with a brick on February 1, 1902.
The Officer Down Memorial Page said Ralston, who was a night watchmen, was shot and killed in 1908 while following a group of men believed to be jewelry thieves.
Among the 371 names added to the memorial: 158 were officers killed in the line of duty in 2018 and 213 who died earlier in history.
There is nearly 22,000 names immortalized on the officer's memorial. They hail from every state.
"The American people are only safe because the law enforcement officers face danger. We can only rest easy because they never rest," said Attorney General William Barr, who was at the memorial.
Centerville, Ohio Police John Davis said the law enforcement memorial is the only memorial that will never be finished.
This is taking part as part of National Police Week, which runs from May 12 to May 18. A candle light vigil was held Monday night, marking the 31st year for it. National Peace Officers Memorial Day is Wednesday, May 15. It was designated back in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.