UPDATE: Rockford officer added to national memorial wall

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Updated: May 15, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

UPDATE: WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIFR) -- In honor of National Police Week, officers who have died in the line of duty including a Rockford Police Officer are being recognized at the U.S. Capitol.

"It's very difficult to see someone's name etched in stone and it just drums up a lot of sad feelings,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea.

Thousands of people gathered in Washington D.C. for the 37th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service honoring those who have died in the line of duty over the past year.

"It's meant to be emotional and it is emotional so it's tough. It pulls at the heartstrings,” said Chief O’Shea.

Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox was honored at the service. He died last November after a traffic stop ended in a scuffle and car crash. Both Officer Cox and Eddie Patterson died.

Officer Cox’s name was read while his wife placed a flower into a memorial wreath. His name is now carved into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial with thousands of other fallen officers.

"It's beyond tragic and it hurts. He was a selfless hero and he wanted to go out and take care of other people and that's what he did,” said Chief O’Shea.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea says the memorial makes Jaimie’s death even more real, but hopes it will be a step towards healing for both the police department and Officer Cox's wife and family.

"It will never go away but it's another book mark for us, but the book never ends and we'll remember him forever with the other officers,” said Chief O’Shea.

American flags across the country and around the stateline were lowered to half-staff to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Chief O'Shea says the department will always remember Officer Cox and has a message for our community:

“I want the Rockford citizens to understand I can't thank them enough for the amount of support that they've shown.”

The Winnebago-Boone Integrity Task Force is still investigating the deaths Officer Cox and Eddie Patterson.


Updated May 15, 2018, 6:02 p.m.

UPDATE: WASHINTON, D.C. (WIFR) - In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation naming May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Decades later that tradition continues to remember the officers killed in the line of duty.

Thousands went to the U.S. Capitol to pay tribute to the 199 officers killed in the line of duty in 2017 and previous years.

Each name added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was read aloud as family placed a single flower on a memorial wreath.

Officer Jaime Cox is one of the officers honored Tuesday. His name joins the more than 21,000 names carved into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.


Posted May 13, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIFR) -- Crowds of people from all over the country gathered in Washington D.C. Sunday for the 30th annual candlelight vigil as part of National Police Week.

The vigil took place at the National Mall where many remembered fallen officers from around the nation. A group from the stateline was at the vigil to honor Rockford police Officer Jaimie Cox.

10 Rockford officers representing the department's color guard are the first group called to stand watch over the memorial. Law enforcement agencies from around the country will rotate guarding the memorial until midnight.

"I'm extremely honored to have them selected to do that and be announced and come out. They're very professional, they train hard, they look sharp, and they're here to make sure that Jaimie is never forgotten. It's humbling to see Rockford be in that position," said Rockford police Chief Dan O'Shea.

Officer Cox's name will be unveiled on the Police Memorial Wall on Tuesday as part of the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.

Tuesday, President Donald Trump will honor the officers who died in the line of duty in 2017 at memorial.