Hundreds of law enforcement officers and community supporters from around the state gathered Thursday to remember fallen officers at the Idaho Peace Officers Memorial, located on the grounds of the Idaho State Police Headquarters in Meridian.
Three new names were added to “The Wall” – officers who were killed in the line of duty in 1913, 1914 and 1921 – and nearly 70 others were recognized as names were read and a bell tolled.
Though the recent death of Sgt. Greg Moore of Coeur d’Alene Police Department was on everyone’s mind – Moore was shot while on patrol by a man he was questioning and died May 5 – his name will not be added to the rolls until next year.
A retired Coeur d’Alene officer who knew Moore and who received severe injuries in the line of duty during a 2004 incident, Michael Kralicek, was able to give the keynote address with assistance from his devoted wife, Carrie. The Kraliceks thanked the crowd for the support they have received over the years. They still live in Coeur d’Alene, where they counsel others who face tragic, life-changing events.