WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The Wilkes-Barre Police department honored several officers. They paid a special tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect. Eyewitness News Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick
Friday's service comes at a time when police officers across the nation are under increased scrutiny about their actions,controversial arrests and the ambush killings of police officers.
The folks who came here today wanted everyone to hear a message - the "Thin Blue Line" - matters.
A 21 gun salute, Officer playing taps and a bagpiper playing Amazing Grace. All of this to honor the fallen officers from the Wilkes-Barre police department as well as those around the nation. those who made the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect.
"I believe anyone who came to this service is a wake-up call and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for someone else should never be forgotten." Said Officer Allan Gribble, Wilkes-Barre Police.
"It's very important that the officers know that the administration appreciates all officers...the fallen and them as well " Said Chief Marcella Lendacky, Wilkes-Barre Police.
Special recognition was given to Corporal Harvey Snook of the Arlington County Virginia police department. He is a Wilkes-Barre native.. He died last year from cancer.. Doctors believe he was exposed to dangerous chemicals when he helped rescue victims from the pentagon during the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
His mother was given flowers and a wreath was placed by his photograph..
"This was a surprise. I thought it was a wonderful thing that they did memorialize him." Said Sandra Snook, Corporal Snook's Mother.
She told us "He'd probably say 'why all of this for me? I love my job I was only doing what I loved to do."
The ceremony also honored officers who passed away over the past year. Snook's name was also added to a fallen officer memorial in Arlington, Virginia earlier this week.