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Service to honor fallen law enforcement officers

By The Herald Staff | 5/2/2014

The public is invited to join all active and retired members of law enforcement agencies for the fifth annual memorial service honoring all fallen law enforcement officers 6 p.m. May 12 at First Baptist Church, 410 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. The Rev. Joel Fredrikson, pastor of First Baptist Church, is set to lead the service, according to a news release.

Organized by the Ottawa Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the service is to take place in connection with National Peace Officers Memorial Week May 11-17. Members of local law enforcement agencies will honor the service and sacrifice of Sam Adam Smith, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputy, and Capt. Robert C. Cowdin, Ottawa Police Department, who died in the line of duty, the news release said.

The public is invited to join all active and retired members of law enforcement agencies for the fifth annual memorial service honoring all fallen law enforcement officers 6 p.m. May 12 at First Baptist Church, 410 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. The Rev. Joel Fredrikson, pastor of First Baptist Church, is set to lead the service, according to a news release.

Organized by the Ottawa Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the service is to take place in connection with National Peace Officers Memorial Week May 11-17. Members of local law enforcement agencies will honor the service and sacrifice of Sam Adam Smith, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputy, and Capt. Robert C. Cowdin, Ottawa Police Department, who died in the line of duty, the news release said.

Smith, 23, was killed in July 2010 when his patrol car crashed while he was responding to a domestic disturbance call near Pomona.

Cowdin, 43, died in July 1963 while trying to control an unruly mob of more than 2,000 who were throwing small explosives and beer cans and punching police officers and firefighters during the Lake Garnett Grand Prix auto races. Cowdin collapsed in a fog of deployed tear gas on the courthouse square in Garnett and later died of a heart attack.

For more information about the May 12 memorial service, call Dennis Butler, Ottawa police chief, (785) 242-2561, ext. 400.

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