By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: May 9, 2019 | 1:20 p.m.
PETERSBURG – Thursday morning, hundreds of police officers, sheriffs, deputies, and other law enforcement agencies descended on the City of Petersburg but, it wasn’t an emergency that brought the agencies together but a collective desire to remember their fellow men and women in blue who lost their lives in service to their communities.
Today marked the 25th anniversary of the Tri-Cities Law Enforcement Memorial Breakfast, an event hosted by Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George, and Fort Lee’s law enforcement agencies annually where hundreds of police officers and other departments, some as far away as Amelia, Sussex and Surry County come together to honor police officers who died in the line of duty within Southside Virginia.
This year’s breakfast was held in a different venue as Petersburg’s Good Shepherd Baptist Church opened its doors to the event after a fire at the Hopewell Moose Lodge, the longtime location of the memorial service, gutted the building in late February.
The event saw Jamie Walter, the widow of slain Virginia State Trooper Special Agent Michael Walter deliver a poignant address to the hundreds of law enforcement members assembled.
The Prince George Journal was on hand for Thursday’s memorial breakfast and will have a full report, including Walter’s message of support for police in next week’s edition, on newsstands Wednesday and online.