Goodhue County remembers officers on Peace Officers Memorial Day
A Peace Officers Memorial Day service was held Wednesday, May 15, in the law enforcement center rotunda in Red Wing, with representatives from the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, Red Wing Police Department, Red Wing Fire Department, Goodhue County employees and other residents in attendance.
The annual observance, which was started by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, memorializes officers that have fallen in the line of duty.
Goodhue County Sheriff Marty Kelly introduced the guest speaker, Nathan Freier, the Red Wing High School football coach and a U.S. Army veteran. Freier gave thanks to the officers who have served and are currently serving their respective communities.
At the end of the half-hour service, a visibly emotional Kelly spoke of his friend, Goodhue County Patrol Sergeant Richard Waldron, saying he was going to lay a wreath at Waldron's gravesite today.
Waldron, Goodhue County Detention Deputy Tom Carroll, Red Wing Police Chief James Daily, and Red Wing Officer John Peterson all had wreaths to honor their life and service.