LOCK HAVEN-Clinton County's first Law Enforcement Tribute will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Triangle Park.
Four slain Clinton County police officers will be honored.
- Renovo Chief of Police Philip Paul was shot in the line of duty in 1889.
- In 1904, Joseph Deeghan, County Sheriff's Department, was also shot in the line of duty.
- Lock Haven city police officer Robert Probst was killed while on duty in 1934.
- State Police Sergeant Arthur Hershey was killed by a drunk driver in 1999.
Also honored during this ceremony are other deceased members of law enforcement who have died recently, however not while in the line of duty.
- David W. Campbell, a police sergeant in Alabama who was killed by a drunk driver in 1984.
- Donald Mellott, fire and auxiliary policeman who was killed while directing traffic in 2010.
- Gordon Mincer, a local police officer with the Attorney General's office, who died from a heart attack.
- Thomas Cochran, Lock Haven city police officer, who died from a heart attack.
Numerous emergency medical services personnel will also be recognized during the event, planned under direction of John MacMillen, a retired Lock Haven police sergeant who will emcee the program.
"I'm hoping it will make people think what policemen really do and what we sacrifice," MacMillen said.
Those speaking include Clinton County DA Michael Salisbury, City Mayor Rick Vilello, Sgt. Robert Tobias, commander of the state police barracaks at Lamar, and Pastor Frank Hartzel.
While this type of ceremony is traditional in Washington D.C. and the larger cities, this will be the first for North Central Pennsylvania, MacMillen said. He's hoping it will become an annual affair.
Also on the program is the pipe sergeant for the Jaffa Highlanders Bagpipe Band from Altoona, who will play Amazing Grace.
National Law Enforcement Week, which dates back to 1962, starts Sunday, and on that day, Susquehanna Valley Twins Motorcycle Club will ride at 1 p.m. at their clubhouse in McElhattan. The money raised will go toward Camp Cadet.
Donations to cover the band's expenses are welcome. The remainder will go to COPS, an organization that helps the widows of police officers, and the Shriners, an organization that helps hospitalized children.
In case of rain, the event will move to Covenant Methodist Church, 53 W. Main St.