Annual Police Memorial, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, May 10, appreciation of service

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University’s Department of Public Safety hosted the 19th annual Police Memorial on Tuesday, May 10, on the Dewaine V. and Jana B. Robinson Quad on the FSU campus in Big Rapids.

The collaborative effort follows the proclamation by President John Kennedy in 1962 to honor the country’s law enforcement community in mid-May. An audience of about 150 students, university community members and law enforcement officers attended the event recognizing 2022’s National Police Week.

Mecosta County Prosecutor Amy Clapp was the master of ceremonies for the event, which featured a bagpipe-accompanied procession of the colors presented by an honor guard, along with presentations by Big Rapids police chaplain Jeremy Wicks, Ferris Department of Public Safety Chief John Allen and criminal justice associate professor Mike Mendenhall.

FSU President David Eisler spoke to those in attendance, focusing on the responsibilities peace officers face in their profession.

“They are dedicated to uphold the charge to protect and to serve, knowing that they are putting their lives on the line, each day,” Eisler said. “Let us remember the vitally important work they do, having to make split-second decisions that have the potential to change the course of a life forever.”

Mecosta County Sheriff Brian Miller, a 1994 graduate of Ferris’ School of Criminal Justice, was the keynote speaker for the memorial.

“Peacemaking requires taking the initiative to get involved in matters of conflict, so that a bridge of understanding can be built,” Miller said. “This is the only career I ever wished to have, because I wanted to be in a position to make a difference.”

Miller acknowledged the difficulties law enforcement professionals face in completing their duties.

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