WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — National Police Week is underway and this year, several Arizona officers were honored for making the ultimate sacrifice.
The names of more than 500 officers nationwide killed in the line of duty were just added to the Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
Five officers were from Arizona agencies, including Officer Jeremy Wilkins from Chandler police and Officer Phillip Vavrinec Jr. and Sergeant Thomas Craig from Phoenix police. All died in 2021 after contracting COVID-19 on the job.
Officer Adrian Lopez Sr. from the White Mountain Apache Police Department tribal agency was also memorialized on the wall. Last June, he was killed in a shootout during a traffic stop in eastern Arizona.
Click here to see the full list of officers added to the wall in 2023.
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