FORT MYERS, Fla. - Today, the Fort Myers Police Department will honor its fallen officers as part of National Police Week. Since it's founding in 1855, eight officers have died in the line of duty.
The city of Fort Myers will honor:
- Officer Andrew Widman: was shot and killed in 2008 while responding to a domestic disturbance call in downtown Fort Myers.
- Officer Phillip Lebid: died in 2004 in a car chase.
- Officer Daniel Starks: killed in a 2003 crash while responding to backup officers involved in a high speed chase.
- Detective Mark Bolhouse: passed away in 1988 from a heart attack after a fight during an investigation.
- Sergeant Logan Scott.
- Lieutenant Matthew Hisler.
- Two K9 officers: Rosco and Konig.
Today's memorial service starts at 8:30 Monday morning and coincides with national police week.
Some 1,800 law enforcement officers and supporters are riding bikes to a rendezvous at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington today.
Spokesman Steve Groeninger (GREH'-nih-gur) says they're participants in the Police Unity Tour, bike rides that started an average of more than 300 miles away along "seven different spokes from points in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia."
Groeninger says thousands of friends, family and colleagues will be waiting to cheer them on and welcome them at the end of their journey. Each rider will pedal through the "Pathways of Remembrance" that flank the memorial's walls.
It's part of National Police Week, which includes a candlelight vigil at the memorial tomorrow night. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are among the speakers who will dedicate the names of 286 officers added to the memorial this year.
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