The rain on Friday did not deter the crowd from attending the Blue Springs Police Department’s 10th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial Service at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Center. Tribute was paid to law enforcement personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while on duty, with a special emphasis on the 161 men and women throughout the United States who gave their lives during 2010.

The rain on Friday did not deter the crowd from attending the Blue Springs Police Department’s 10th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial Service at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Center. Tribute was paid to law enforcement personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while on duty, with a special emphasis on the 161 men and women throughout the United States who gave their lives during 2010.

This service featured the Blue Springs Police Department Honor Guard team, which marched in with precision and set a somber tone of honor and personal reflection. A beautiful rendition of the national anthem was sung in a duet from BSPD Administrative Secretary Macie Taylor and Detective Martin Kreisler.

Chief Wayne McCoy and Mayor Carson Ross welcomed and thanked everyone for attending and for being a part of the BSPD family and community. State Representative Sheila Solon, Council Member Chris Lievsay, City Administrator Eric Johnson and Assistant City Administrator Todd Pelham were all present to honor the event.

Events of this nature provide a time for reflection – for those nationally who gave their lives, for those officers everywhere who risk their lives daily and for those who have retired but are not forgotten. Special recognition was directed toward former Chief Howard Brown, who attended with his wife Jolene, as well as to Lisa Philpott, who attended with her three sons. Other retirees attending included former Captain Mike Kruger and former Detective Marty Taraski.

BSPD was pleased to have retired Colonel Don Ballard as the featured speaker for the memorial ceremony. Colonel Ballard knows all too well about service and sacrifice. He served as a police officer in North Kansas City for seven years and then served on the North Kansas City Fire Department for 20 years before retiring at the rank of captain. While in the military, he was injured eight times, a three-time recipient of the Purple Heart and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Colonel Ballard challenged the audience to be more thankful and more respectful of those who serve in uniform. Colonel Ballard also challenged the crowd to give back to the youth of our country.

The most dramatic moments of the service occurred when each of the names of those who gave their lives in 2010 were read aloud by officers and volunteers in police service while their pictures were shown with the date of their “end of watch” and agency served. A bagpiper played the traditional “Amazing Grace.”

After the benediction, officers were again called to attention and saluted as the honor guard performed a 21-gun salute on the lawn in front of the Public Safety Building. Officers released 161 balloons, representing each of those who died, and the service concluded with Dennis Meyers playing taps on the trumpet.

It is our hope that constant vigilance and community support will be maintained throughout future years to minimize the number of families that will have to endure the tragedy of losing a loved one in the service of our communities.By Chief Wayne McCoy

Blue Springs Police Department



The rain on Friday did not deter the crowd from attending the Blue Springs Police Department’s 10th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial Service at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Center. Tribute was paid to law enforcement personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while on duty, with a special emphasis on the 161 men and women throughout the United States who gave their lives during 2010.

This service featured the Blue Springs Police Department Honor Guard team, which marched in with precision and set a somber tone of honor and personal reflection. A beautiful rendition of the national anthem was sung in a duet from BSPD Administrative Secretary Macie Taylor and Detective Martin Kreisler.

Chief Wayne McCoy and Mayor Carson Ross welcomed and thanked everyone for attending and for being a part of the BSPD family and community. State Representative Sheila Solon, Council Member Chris Lievsay, City Administrator Eric Johnson and Assistant City Administrator Todd Pelham were all present to honor the event.

Events of this nature provide a time for reflection – for those nationally who gave their lives, for those officers everywhere who risk their lives daily and for those who have retired but are not forgotten. Special recognition was directed toward former Chief Howard Brown, who attended with his wife Jolene, as well as to Lisa Philpott, who attended with her three sons. Other retirees attending included former Captain Mike Kruger and former Detective Marty Taraski.

BSPD was pleased to have retired Colonel Don Ballard as the featured speaker for the memorial ceremony. Colonel Ballard knows all too well about service and sacrifice. He served as a police officer in North Kansas City for seven years and then served on the North Kansas City Fire Department for 20 years before retiring at the rank of captain. While in the military, he was injured eight times, a three-time recipient of the Purple Heart and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Colonel Ballard challenged the audience to be more thankful and more respectful of those who serve in uniform. Colonel Ballard also challenged the crowd to give back to the youth of our country.

The most dramatic moments of the service occurred when each of the names of those who gave their lives in 2010 were read aloud by officers and volunteers in police service while their pictures were shown with the date of their “end of watch” and agency served. A bagpiper played the traditional “Amazing Grace.”

After the benediction, officers were again called to attention and saluted as the honor guard performed a 21-gun salute on the lawn in front of the Public Safety Building. Officers released 161 balloons, representing each of those who died, and the service concluded with Dennis Meyers playing taps on the trumpet.

It is our hope that constant vigilance and community support will be maintained throughout future years to minimize the number of families that will have to endure the tragedy of losing a loved one in the service of our communities.