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Henderson Police Honoring Those Who Have Given the Ultimate Sacrifice Protecting Our Communities

May 14, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510

Henderson, Nev. – As part of National Police Week, Henderson Police are remembering those officers who have given their lives to protect our community.

Peace Officers Memorial Day is Wednesday and all Henderson Police officers will wear a black band to shroud their badges to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

National Police Week started Sunday and will culminate locally next Thursday during the Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony to be held at the Police Memorial Park, 3250 Metro Academy Way at 7 p.m. on May 23.

“We should all take a moment this week to remember not only those who have lost their lives protecting our neighborhoods, but also those who are currently putting their lives on the line to ensure our communities are safe,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said.

In Henderson, we are remembering Officer Edward F. Meagher who was the first, and thankfully only, Henderson Police officer to die in the line of duty.

Officer Meagher died on March 13, 1956 about 6:15 p.m. when he was driving the city of Henderson's new fire truck to a reported fire in Victory Village. Officer Meagher, 35, was heading to the fire with the sirens and emergency lights on when he collided with a milk truck at the intersection of Boulder Highway and Vegas Wash Drive, now Lake Mead Parkway. Officer Meagher was thrown from the fire truck and died at the scene. At the time it was customary for police officers to drive the fire truck to fires. The driver and passenger of the milk truck received only minor injuries.

Officer Meagher joined the Henderson Police Department in January 1954. He previously worked for the Las Vegas Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff's Office. Prior to moving to Clark County, Officer Meagher was with the Connecticut State Police. In 1955, Officer Meagher assisted the FBI as an undercover agent and obtained information which prevented a postal robbery. Officer Meagher was a World War II veteran. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

Officer Meagher will be honored at next Thursday’s memorial ceremony along with the other law enforcement officers in Southern Nevada who have died in the line of duty.

Last year, 120 law enforcement officers lost their lives in the line of duty across the United States. So far this year, another 41 officers from small towns and big cities have made the ultimate sacrifice in the protection of others.

In 1962, May 15 was designated as National Police Officers’ Memorial Day and the week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week.

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