Honoring fallen peace officers


Police officers, their families, and local officials and residents pay respects to Wilmington Police Department Patrolman Emery McCreight and Marshal John T. Van Doren — who were killed in the line of duty in 1922 and 1884, respectively — at a ceremony in Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday. The now-annual ceremony takes place on May 15 — the national Peace Officers Memorial Day. For more photos, visit wnewsj.com.

Police officers, their families, and local officials and residents pay respects to Wilmington Police Department Patrolman Emery McCreight and Marshal John T. Van Doren — who were killed in the line of duty in 1922 and 1884, respectively — at a ceremony in Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday. The now-annual ceremony takes place on May 15 — the national Peace Officers Memorial Day. For more photos, visit wnewsj.com.


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Local officers, officials and family members pay their respects at the ceremony.


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From left, former Wilmington police sergeant Frank Copeland, Officer Mike Bower, and Interim Police Chief Ron Cravens salute the grave of Marshal John T. Van Doren after laying a memorial wreath during a ceremony at the Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday.


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David Lieurance, right, leads the tribute for Patrolman Emery McCreight and Marshal John T. Van Doren during a special ceremony at Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday. McCreight died after being shot by suspected robbers in 1922. Van Doren was killed by an intoxicated man in 1884.


John Hamilton | News Journal

From left, former Wilmington police sergeant Frank Copeland, Officer Mike Bower, and Interim Police Chief Ron Cravens lay a memorial wreath at the grave Marshal John T. Van Doren, who was killed in the line of duty in 1884 during a special ceremony at Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday.


John Hamilton | News Journal

Police officers, their families, and local officials and residents pay respects to Wilmington Police Department Patrolman Emery McCreight and Marshal John T. Van Doren — who were killed in the line of duty in 1922 and 1884, respectively — at a ceremony in Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday. The now-annual ceremony takes place on May 15 — the national Peace Officers Memorial Day. For more photos, visit wnewsj.com.

Local officers, officials and family members pay their respects at the ceremony.

From left, former Wilmington police sergeant Frank Copeland, Officer Mike Bower, and Interim Police Chief Ron Cravens salute the grave of Marshal John T. Van Doren after laying a memorial wreath during a ceremony at the Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday.

David Lieurance, right, leads the tribute for Patrolman Emery McCreight and Marshal John T. Van Doren during a special ceremony at Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday. McCreight died after being shot by suspected robbers in 1922. Van Doren was killed by an intoxicated man in 1884.

From left, former Wilmington police sergeant Frank Copeland, Officer Mike Bower, and Interim Police Chief Ron Cravens lay a memorial wreath at the grave Marshal John T. Van Doren, who was killed in the line of duty in 1884 during a special ceremony at Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday.

Police officers, their families, and local officials and residents pay respects to Wilmington Police Department Patrolman Emery McCreight and Marshal John T. Van Doren — who were killed in the line of duty in 1922 and 1884, respectively — at a ceremony in Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday. The now-annual ceremony takes place on May 15 — the national Peace Officers Memorial Day. For more photos, visit wnewsj.com.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/05/web1_DSC_0904.jpgPolice officers, their families, and local officials and residents pay respects to Wilmington Police Department Patrolman Emery McCreight and Marshal John T. Van Doren — who were killed in the line of duty in 1922 and 1884, respectively — at a ceremony in Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday. The now-annual ceremony takes place on May 15 — the national Peace Officers Memorial Day. For more photos, visit wnewsj.com. John Hamilton | News Journal

Local officers, officials and family members pay their respects at the ceremony.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/05/web1_DSC_0906.jpgLocal officers, officials and family members pay their respects at the ceremony. John Hamilton | News Journal

From left, former Wilmington police sergeant Frank Copeland, Officer Mike Bower, and Interim Police Chief Ron Cravens salute the grave of Marshal John T. Van Doren after laying a memorial wreath during a ceremony at the Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/05/web1_DSC_0999.jpgFrom left, former Wilmington police sergeant Frank Copeland, Officer Mike Bower, and Interim Police Chief Ron Cravens salute the grave of Marshal John T. Van Doren after laying a memorial wreath during a ceremony at the Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday. John Hamilton | News Journal

David Lieurance, right, leads the tribute for Patrolman Emery McCreight and Marshal John T. Van Doren during a special ceremony at Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday. McCreight died after being shot by suspected robbers in 1922. Van Doren was killed by an intoxicated man in 1884.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/05/web1_DSC_0916.jpgDavid Lieurance, right, leads the tribute for Patrolman Emery McCreight and Marshal John T. Van Doren during a special ceremony at Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday. McCreight died after being shot by suspected robbers in 1922. Van Doren was killed by an intoxicated man in 1884. John Hamilton | News Journal

From left, former Wilmington police sergeant Frank Copeland, Officer Mike Bower, and Interim Police Chief Ron Cravens lay a memorial wreath at the grave Marshal John T. Van Doren, who was killed in the line of duty in 1884 during a special ceremony at Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/05/web1_DSC_0985.jpgFrom left, former Wilmington police sergeant Frank Copeland, Officer Mike Bower, and Interim Police Chief Ron Cravens lay a memorial wreath at the grave Marshal John T. Van Doren, who was killed in the line of duty in 1884 during a special ceremony at Sugar Grove Cemetery on Wednesday. John Hamilton | News Journal