Memorial service and wreath laying ceremony honor fallen Providence Police Sgt. Dorley, 142 other fallen officers.
Mayor Angel Taveras, Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements and Major Thomas Verdi today joined with FOP Lodge No. 3 President Taft Manzotti and a contingent of Providence Police officers to attend the 32nd annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the United States Capitol in recognition of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The event, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, is held each year on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. to commemorate fallen officers across the nation.
Providence Police Sergeant Maxwell Dorley, who was killed on April 19, 2012 when his car struck a utility pole while responding to a call for assistance, was one of 143 fallen officers across the nation honored at today's ceremony.
"Sergeant Dorley's death is a reminder to us all that every officer who takes the oath and wears the shield of the Providence Police Department puts their life on the line every day they come to work," said Mayor Taveras. "It is an honor to visit our nation's capital to honor Sergeant Dorley's and all our fallen officers."
President Barack Obama addressed the crowd of thousands at the memorial service, including the families of fallen officers from across the nation.
A wreath laying ceremony immediately followed the memorial service at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.