WASHINGTON (GrayDC) It’s National Police Week in the nation’s capital. Thousands of people from around the country are in D.C. to honor fallen officers, including family members.
The fallen officers were honored in Washington, D.C. with events such as a candlelight vigil and memorial ceremony. (Source: Gray DC)
What started as Peace Officers Memorial Day more than 60 years ago has expanded to a whole week of events including a candlelight vigil and Peace Officers memorial service.
Izabella Manning, Deputy David Manning’s daughter
“I miss you, I love you,” said Izabella Manning, Deputy David Manning’s daughter. When 4-year-old Izabella Manning misses her Daddy, she says she talks to the sky and tells him just that.
Deputy David Manning, 24, was killed in a car crash while chasing a drunk driver on March 11 last year. Fiancé Jasmine Joyner says Manning was a hard worker and died doing what he loved.
“He definitely encountered some obstacles becoming a deputy, but he had a dream, he went for it…and I’m so glad people can see what he went through to get that badge on his chest,” said Jasmine Joyner, Manning’s fiancé.
Manning is one of three officers from Eastern Carolina being honored in Washington, D.C.
NAT “Trooper Benjamin Wallace”
Jessica Spearman is remembering her fiancé 45-year-old Trooper Benjamin Wallace, who she calls Benji. Wallace died of a heart attack off duty November 2 last year.
“I try very hard just to be thankful and happy that I had that time with him. Obviously, sometimes that’s hard, it’s very hard. I just think about the future that we would have had,” said Spearman.
Senior Police Officer Christopher Driver, 27, died in a head on collision on patrol on June 23 last year.
Wife Lorin Driver is keeping her high school sweetheart’s memory and passion for Batman alive.
“He loved Batman so much because Batman wanted the justice to be served and he was never boastful about it and Chris wasn’t either about his job,” said wife Lorin Driver.
Deputy David Manning, Trooper Benjamin Wallace and Senior Police Officer Christopher Driver names are etched on the Law Enforcement Memorial wall, three of 158 officers who died or were killed in the line of duty in 2018.
“These brave heroes did not put on the uniform for praise or for glory. They wore the badge because it was their duty, their calling, their noble purpose to serve, protect,” said President Trump at the Peace Officers ceremony in Washington, D.C.
As for these Eastern Carolina families, they are feeling the support from officers and families nationwide here in Washington.
“There’s not words to describe how appreciative I am of all of it,” said Wallace’s fiancé.
National Police Week lasts until Saturday.
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