In recognition of National Law Enforcement Week, May 15 -20, the Arvada Police Department Honor Guard will pay tribute to their fallen colleagues with an honor watch and wreath presentation.
The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 17 at City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road, in recognition of W. Michael Northey and Robert Beghtol, two Arvada Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty. The ceremony is at 8:00 a.m. in front of the eagle statue.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Honor Guard will conduct a ceremonial watch over the wreath until 12:00 p.m., with a changing of the guard every 20 minutes.
Interim Chief Ed Brady, City Manager Mark Deven, elected officials and other city leadership will be there to pay their respects. Residents, businesses and other community members are invited to attend.
Officer Northey was killed after being struck by a car while making an arrest in 1979. Shortly after his death, the W. Michael Northey Foundation was established to assist officers in need and provide scholarships to students in Arvada pursuing a degree in higher education. Officer Beghtol died in 1961 during Scuba Diving Unit practice at the lake near 60th and Tennyson. The Arvada Police training facility is named in his honor (the Beghtol Building).
National Law Enforcement Week was established in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Events planned by law enforcement entities across the country honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.