The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) held its 30th annual ceremony Friday, May 22, 2015, honoring those FLETC graduates who lost their lives in the performance of duty. The ceremony was a joint observance with other area law enforcement agencies in southeast Georgia, including the Brunswick Police Department, Glynn County Police Department, Glynn County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Approximately 300 FLETC and Partner Organizations staff, community members, congressional staffers, students and family members attended the morning ceremony.
The ceremony began with a motorcycle procession at 8 a.m. beginning at Highway 17 and the F.J. Torras causeway to the FLETC memorial auditorium. Those riding included active duty law enforcement and retirees. This procession was led by Glynn County and Brunswick law enforcement.
This year, six names were engraved on the FLETC Graduates Memorial, bringing the total to 205 since the establishment of FLETC in 1970. Those honored were Bureau of Prisons Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati, U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents Alexander Giannini and Tyler Robledo, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Clinton Holtz and former Social Security Administration- Office of Inspector General Officer Stephen Shaw. Area law enforcement agencies did not lose any officers or agents this past year.
U.S.Border Patrol Deputy Chief Ronald D. Vitiello was the keynote speaker, “The brave work of law enforcers is important to our nation, and it is vital that we give thanks and recognition to the families of the fallen. When our communities lose a member of the law enforcement family, we lose individuals who have chosen to serve the greater good.”
The ceremony included the reading of the FLETC graduates honor roll of names by FLETC Senior Policy and Project Analyst Billy Brooks. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Officer David Brady read the state and local honor roll of 48 names from area law enforcement agencies.
The Customs and Border Protection Field Operations Academy Honor Guard presented and retired the Colors, while agency representatives from the five federal agencies who lost officers placed a wreath at the memorial at the conclusion of the ceremony.
“I offer our deepest sympathy to those of you who are family and friends of these fallen officers, said FLETC Director Connie Patrick. I hope you find peace in knowing they served with dignity and honor.”
For more information and a full listing of the FLETC Graduate Memorial, visit FLETC Graduates Memorial | Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers.
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