Police remember fallen officers in solemn gathering
Some longtime Parkites might recall the name Rodney Schreurs.
It is unlikely that more than just a few people around Park City would recognize the name Albert Holindrake.
The two are the only police officers to die in the line of duty in Park City’s history, and the Police Department of today continues to honor their legacy.
Members of the Police Department on Friday morning held a ceremony outside the Park Avenue station to mark National Police Week, gathering for a solemn event that drew on the local department’s history and the overarching idea of the dangers of police work.
"Every year we lose officers in the line of duty throughout the country," said Bob Lucking, a Police Department sergeant who is the president of the Park City chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Schreurs was 33 years old when he was killed on July 4, 1984. He was directing traffic after the Independence Day fireworks at the S.R. 224-Payday Drive intersection when a driver hit him. Holindrake was killed when his revolver accidentally fired on Jan. 12, 1908. He was hit in the face while he was examining the gun. Holindrake was 43 years old and had been a police officer for six days.
"Rodney Schreurs, we talk about it all the time . . . a lot of the new officers can relate to Holindrake," Lucking said.
The Police Department also honored Lewis Berry, who died from a heart attack on Feb. 25, 1990 after returning home from a shift with a drug task force in Salt Lake City. He was 35 years old.
Police Chief Wade Carpenter on Friday morning asked for a moment of silence for the fallen Park City officers. An honor guard of police officers raised the American flag to half-staff as other officers stood at attention.
Three policemen fired their rifles in honor of the officers. Two Park City High School senior trumpeters played taps. Some of the officers saluted while others put their hand on their heart.
Officers wore black ribbons on their badges in tribute to the day. Robby Plemmons, a Presbyterian minister at a new Pinebrook congregation that meets in his house, offered a prayer asking that officers be kept safe and be given courage.
In an interview, Carpenter, who has been a police officer for 22 years, talked about the risks police officers take each day, saying that they may face danger at any time whether they are on duty or not.
"It could be your last shift . . . That’s always a potential threat, or risk," the police chief said, recalling that he knew 12 Yonkers, N.Y., officers killed at the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
The Friday ceremony primarily drew members of the Police Department, and it was held as rush-hour traffic passed on nearby S.R. 224.
"I think it’s important to the families that we remember their sacrifice and pay tribute to them," Carpenter said.
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