Today is National Peace Officer Memorial Day. In honor of the more than 21,000 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, we wear blue.
To everyone who wears or has ever worn a badge, we say thank you. No words can ever express how grateful we are for the sacrifices you've made to protect your fellow citizens, but please know that they do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
Row 1, left: Erie Insurance Agent Jamie Wright and her husband, CPD Officer Eddie Wright; center: CPD Deputy Chief and Starfish Board Member, Tim Becker; right: Starfish supporter, Will Schneck.
Row 2, left: Columbus Rec and Parks Linden Recreation Center Manager, Mario Dovell; center: Starfish volunteers Ky and Aidan; right: Starfish volunteer and Books & Badges coordinator, Jen Tatz.
Row 3, left: Starfish Co-Volunteer Coordinator, Shannon Rothwell; center: Starfish volunteer, Mason; right: CPD Sgt Heath Graber, Ofc Heidi Graber, and their son.
Row 4, left: CPD Officer and Starfish Board Member, Pete Casuccio, his wife Ashley, and their sons; center: Rachel Muha of the Brian Muha Memorial Foundation; right: Starfish volunteer, Jim Stewart.
Row 5, left: Starfish volunteer, Tisma Juett; center: Starfish volunteer, Jill Patrick Smith; right: Kathy Jackson of I Support the Girls-Columbus.
Row 6, left: Starfish Starfish Co-Volunteer Coordinator, Suzanne Maginn; center: Starfish volunteer, Rohan; right: Starfish supporter, Olivia Craner
Row 7: Nicole Banks, founder/president of Starfish Assignment. Photo of the Columbus Police Memorial and K-9 Ayko courtesy of CPD Ofc David Jones.