End of Watch: April 6, 2020
Sergeant Mark Eckenrode is remembered as a devoted DC police officer and veteran of the US Navy who earned many commendations over a career that spanned 23 years. He passed away after suffering a medical emergency while on duty.
End of Watch: June 4, 2020
Williams was a 31-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department. His last assignment was with the MPD’s School Safety Division. He passed away from COVID-19 complications and is survived by his wife, four children and granddaughter.
We have our design. We have the cost estimates. Our next steps are to partner with a major marketing company and our business partners, city leaders, active and retired members of the department and, most importantly, the citizens of the city.
We are confident that, just as in 1918, when the business community and the citizens of the District of Columbia raised the necessary funds to build the existing memorial, they will rally behind us again and the department to renovate and build a new Memorial Wall and support the Museum to ensure we do not lose our cherished history.
Rest easy, sleep well my brother.
Know the blue line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell. The blue line has held.
Peace, peace and farewell.
— Author unknown.
(“BLUE” added to the original)
Sadly, an average of one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the U.S. every 57 hours. More than 22,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice since 1791 (source).
Donations in Memory or Honor
$100 donation in memory of:
Sergeant Michael F. McGuigan, MPDC
Donation in memory of:
William R. Shelton who served the MPD during the 1950s and 1960s and retired as a Capt. assigned to the U.S. Capitol. As a Sgt., he was assigned to the auto squad. His father, William Franklin Shelton, grandfather Benjamin Franklin Shelton, great grandfather Wm Gales Shelton also served with the MPD. Two sons, Franklin Shelton and Charles Shelton served with the U.S. Capitol Police.
$200 donation in honor of:
James Lawrence McCann who served the MPD in the 1950s