National Law Enforcement Week was established in 1962. Events across the country honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
2019 Tribute to Fallen Heroes
An honor watch and wreath ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 8 a.m. The ceremony will take place at Arvada City Hall (8101 Ralston Rd.) in recognition of W. Michael Northey and Robert Beghtol, two Arvada Police officers who were killed in the line of duty. After the ceremony, the Honor Guard will conduct a ceremonial watch over the wreath until 12 p.m., with a changing of the guard every 20 minutes.
Residents, businesses and other community members are invited to attend.
Arvada Fallen Officers
W. Michael Northey
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, the Beghtol Building, is named in his honor.
- by Public Safety (Police)