National Peace Officers Memorial Day 2020
Quoted from a statement by United States Attorney William M. McSwain (May 2020)
“In 1962, President Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week to remember and honor law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices. Peace Officers Memorial Day, which every year falls on May 15, specifically honors law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.
Each year, during National Police Week, our nation celebrates the contributions of law enforcement from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment to keeping our communities safe. This year the coronavirus pandemic has underscored law enforcement officers’ courage and unwavering devotion to the communities they have sworn to serve.
Based on FBI data, 89 law enforcement officers died nationwide in the line of duty in 2019. Thus far in 2020, 20 law enforcement officers nationwide have been reported feloniously killed.”
"When a police officer is killed, it's not an agency that loses an officer, it's an entire nation." -Chris Cosgriff, ODMP Founder
Officer Michael Richard Sagner
East Earl Township Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Saturday, October 7, 1972
Bio & Incident Details
Cause: Automobile accident
Incident Date: 10/7/1972
Patrolman Michael R. Sagner was born on February 10, 1951.
Patrolman Michael R. Sagner was killed in the line of duty in a traffic accident on Route 322 in Hinkletown, Earl Township on a rainy night, while responding to backup fellow officers on a fight call at a bar in New Holland Borough. Patrolman Sagner’s patrol car hit a puddle, hydroplaned, and was struck by another car. Patrolman Sagner was 21 years of age at the time of his death.
He was survived by his parents, a sister, and a brother.