Tpr. Hacker's Name Added to Police Memorial Wall




In the sixth annual candlelight vigil of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, West Virginia State Police Trooper Larry Hacker's name was added to the list of 13,516 officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Hacker and 259 other police officer's names were added to the memorial's marble walls in Washington, D.C.

Hacker was a state trooper stationed in Ritchie County who lost his life in April 1993 while responding to a domestic dispute call.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was dedicated in 1991 by President George Bush as a richly deserved tribute to that extraordinary service and sacrifice. It honors all of America's federal, state and local law enforcers.

The Memorial sits on three acres of federal park land called Judiciary Square. With each new name added, a message carved on the Memorial rings out: "It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived." The ceremony was held May 13, to coincide with National Police Week. Immediately following the ceremony, the names of the 260 fallen officers being added to the Memorial were read.

Also during the weekend, seminars were held for fallen officer's families, squads o r department personnel to help deal with special "grief issues."
Attending the ceremony were Hacker's wife, Diane, daughters, Erica and Julie, and other family members, State Police Sgt. R.G. Blevins and family and State Police Trooper SJ. Verdow and family, Sgt. R.G. Blevins escorted Mrs. Hacker to the memorial wall. President Bill Clinton was also present for the ceremony.