It's National Police Week, a week to remember officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving their communities, and the Duluth Police Department is doing just that.

In 1962 President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week.

Duluth Police Department has 8 officers and 1 police canine they honor each year:

  • Sergeant Gary Dale Wilson
    Duluth Police Department, MN
    EOW: Tuesday, April 10, 1990
    Cause: Gunfire
  • Sergeant Carl Richard Root
    Duluth Police Department, MN
    EOW: Thursday, August 18, 1966
    Cause: Gunfire
  • Lieutenant Oscar G. Olson
    Duluth Police Department, MN
    EOW: Monday, December 1, 1941
    Cause: Gunfire
  • Sergeant David A. Butchart
    Duluth Police Department, MN
    EOW: Saturday, October 7, 1933
    Cause: Vehicular assault
  • Patrol Officer John Callahan
    Duluth Police Department, MN
    EOW: Tuesday, August 6, 1918
    Cause: Gunfire
  • Patrol Officer Neil Mooney
    Duluth Police Department, MN
    EOW: Thursday, January 8, 1914
    Cause: Gunfire
  • Patrol Officer Harry A. Chesmore
    Duluth Police Department, MN
    EOW: Friday, January 6, 1911
    Cause: Gunfire
  • Lieutenant Arthur Briggs
    Duluth Police Department, MN
    EOW: Tuesday, April 28, 1908
    Cause: Heart attack
  • K9 Haas
    Duluth Police Department, MN
    EOW: Sunday, January 13, 2019
    Cause: Gunfire

Here's hoping we never have to add any Northland law enforcement members to any such list in the future.

With law enforcement, nurses and medical professionals, teachers, essential workers, etc.  We have so many amazing people to be thankful for, people who often put others ahead of themselves.

I personally think it's important not to take those who serve us for granted.  Thank you for keeping the Northland safe and moving forward.

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