Three Honored at Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial UPDATED WITH VIDEO

Three names were added to the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial in Grand Island on Friday Morning.  Hear the complete service below.

The program began with welcoming remarks from Sergeant Raymond Harrod, Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial Committee President. Governor Jim Pillen and Attorney General Mike Hilgers presented welcoming comments.

Buffalo County Attorney, Shawn Eatherton, the Great Grandson of one of those honored provided the family reflection. Grand Island Police Chief Kevin Denney delivered the Law Enforcement Reflection. The Keynote Speaker was Eugene Kowel, Special Agent in Charge, (FBI Omaha)

The three who were added to the wall:
Willis G. Daggett, Buffalo County Sheriff's Office, presented by Sheriff Neil Miller (End of Watch – January 20, 1930)
Orren S. Eatherton, Village of Shelton, presented by Shawn Eatherton (End of Watch – March 29, 1956)
Christopher J. Marcello, Grand Island Police Department, presented by GI Chief Kevin Kenney (End of Watch – July 27, 2022)

The memorial service will took place just four days following Officer Marcello’s name also being added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. A team of officers alongside Chief Denney attended the ceremony after taking part in the Police Unity Tour Bike Ride.

The Marcello family attended the ceremony as well, and while emotions ran high, Inv. Marcello’s widow Tami Marcello couldn’t thank the community enough for its love and support.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” she said. “It means so much to me.”

Video courtesy of Spencer Schubert, City of GI
Tami Marcello - Widow of Chris Marcello
Ofc. Jose Rodriguez - Grand Island Police Department
Chief Kevin Denney - Grand Island Police Department
Michael Belleci - Lincoln Police Department (Former GIPD Officer)
Generic Video of Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

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