Bangor Police honor two fallen officers with plaque ceremony

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The men and women who protect and serve, put their lives on the line for their community. In Bangor, Thursday was a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Two Bangor Police officers who died in the line of duty were remembered at ceremony in the lobby of the Bangor Police Department.

Two plaques commemorate the service of officers, Patrick H Jordan and Francis A. Murray. Patrolman Murray was hit and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic at the intersection of Main and Dutton Streets On July 28, 1950. The circus was in town.

Patrick Jordan was shot and killed on March seventh, 1903 as he was responding to a domestic disturbance call---The same type of call officer Steve Arkell was responding to when he was shot and killed this week in Brentwood New Hampshire.

Bangor Police Lieutenant Cathy Rumsey said the sacrifices both now and decades ago are significant and need to be honored.

"It's been a rough week in law enforcement and so this day today of law enforcement memorial day is poingant for a lot of us, there's an officer killed in new hampshire this week and this past week specifically there have been several line of duty deaths across the country and it brings it home really to make you think about it," Rumsey said.

Frances Gierhan, the grandaughter of officer Jordan, was at the ceremony. She never really got to know her grandfather but is thankful that his sacrifice is being remembered in this way.

"I think it's really special and I appreciate all the men who worked on it and women, it was special," Gierhan explained.

The plaques were paid for by Bangor's Police Relief Assocation and the Fraternal Order of Police.


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