Above / Members of the Naperville Police Department and Naperville Fire Department stood facing the Naperville Public Safety Memorial Plaza to honor Peace Officers Memorial Day on Mon., May 16, 2022.

Members of the community gathered for a Peace Officers Memorial Observance at 10AM today, May 16, “in memory of many… in honor of all.” Since 1962, the observance has been held annually as a tribute to law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. 

In 2021, 617 peace officers throughout the nation died in the line of duty, 11 of which were from Illinois. During his remarks, Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres noted that 475 of the fallen had died from COVID, 64 from gunfire, 61 from motor-vehicle-related interaction, and 17 from other causes.

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