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Goodhue County remembers officers on Peace Officers Memorial Day

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Goodhue County Sheriff Marty Kelly spoke during the Law Enforcement Memorial Service on May 15. This week is National Police Week, with cities all over the country celebrating the lives of police officers. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Red Wing High School football coach Nathan Freier spoke during the Law Enforcement Memorial Service. Freier, a veteran of the United States Army, spoke about what it means to serve and the sacrifice that people in law enforcement make on a daily basis. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Wreaths remembering Red Wing police officers and Goodhue County deputies were on display during the Law Enforcement Memorial Service on May 15. Wreaths honoring Red Wing Police Chief James Daily, Red Wing Officer John Peterson, Goodhue County Patrol Sergeant Richard Waldron, and Detention Deputy Tom Carroll were all on display. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

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.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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