Edmonds Police Department holding annual awards ceremony Thursday

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    The Edmonds Police Department will hold its annual awards ceremony Thursday night to recognize the accomplishments of local police officers as well as the individual efforts of citizens “who have gone above and beyond.” During this ceremony, nine public safety employees and nine citizens will be officially recognized. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the City of Edmonds Council Chambers at 250 5th Ave. N.

    Invocation and benediction will be offered by Chaplain Ken Gaydos. Speaking will be Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper and Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan. Presentations will be made by Chief of Police Al Compaan, Assistant Chief of Police Gerry Gannon and Sergeant Mike Blackburn. Additional presentations will be made by American Legion Post #66 Commander Duane Pounds and Les Abel and from the Rotary Club of Edmonds — Doug Purcell and Darlene Stern. Refreshments will be provided by the Rotary Club of Edmonds.

    The ceremony is held in conjunction with National Police Week, which was first enacted October 1, 1962 in the U.S. Congress. This resolution authorized the President of the United States — then John F. Kennedy — in 1963 to proclaim May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week of each year during which May 15th occurs as National Police Week.

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