IOWA, LA. (KPLC) - Law enforcement officers and family members of peace officers who have died gathered this morning for dedication of the Iowa Police Memorial Wall.
The ceremony included recognizing those who have died including Cpl. Bryan Meche killed in an accident. He was only 23 years old at the time of his death and Terry Thibodeaux who served in law enforcement. He died of cancer.
Honor, respect and remembrance of those who have fallen brought those here together. Police week is a time to remember those gone now but who dedicated themselves to protecting and serving others. And this police week is a special one as Iowa dedicates its new memorial wall inspired by St. Michael the Archangel. Explains chief Keith Vincent, "St. Michael protects the gates of Heaven and he's the patron saint of police officers and we felt that he was a true symbol of what a police officer stands for."
Names on the memorial wall include the late Cpl. Bryan Meche whose family came including his four month old son. Cathy Reed was Bryan's mother. "He was the type of person who would go out of his way to help you to do anything that you needed." Reporter: What do you think are Bryan's main values that you will want to try to teach his son? Says Cathy, "Love, honesty, faith in God, family."
And they remember terry thibodeaux who died of cancer. His widow Pam Thibodeaux said, "He loved law enforcement and I think it's a wonderful tribute to all of the officers that have passed away whether it was in the line of duty or not. He was really proud to be on the Iowa P.D. He loved the town, loved the people."
And others who died over the years were remembered by friends and family. All here for the love of those gone but not forgotten because of how they lived.