The ceremony is dedicated to the memory of the 17 Springfield Police Officers who sacrificed their lives while in the performance of their duties. This year, the department recognized the family of Officer John W. Connors who was killed in the line of duty 70 years ago in 1953, as well as the families of Officers Paul F. Mawaka, Richard D. Vigneault and William R. Berte who were all killed in the line of duty 50 years ago in 1973.
“During this memorial ceremony we reflect on those officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I worked with Mike Schiavina, Alain Beauregard and Kevin Ambrose who hold a special place in my heart. This year we will recognize the families of Officer John Connors, Paul Mawaka, Richard Vigneault, and William Berte. I did not have the privilege of working with those men, but have meet and gotten to know their families over the years and I appreciate many of them returning year after year to this ceremony which has a special meaning to all law enforcement officers,” said Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl C. Clapprood.
Mayor Sarno states, “Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood and I feel that it is very important for us to continue to hold our annual Police Memorial Ceremony as a part of National Police Week to honor the memory of our brave and dedicated officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to protect and serve our residents and businesses. God Bless our brave and dedicated Springfield Police Officers and their families. God Speed!”
In Washington D.C., the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will host their annual candlelight vigil on Saturday May 13th at 8:00 p.m. to honor the officers who lost their lives in 2022.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
Springfield Police Fallen Officers
Thomas Miller 10/05/1675
Daniel Donovan 09/29/1908
Adelbert St. Marie 08/31/1934
Carl Rolf 11/02/1938
John P. Sullivan, Sr. 02/02/1940
Thomas F. Murphy 02/02/1940
Raymond Moriarty 09/20/1946
John W. Connors 02/20/1953
Leo Hamel 10/31/1955
Francis Sears 09/11/1967
Walter C. Juskiewicz 06/21/1969
William R. Berte 01/08/1973
Richard D. Vigneault 04/11/1973
Paul F. Mawaka 10/30/1973
Michael Schiavina 11/12/1985
Alain Beauregard 11/15/1985
Kevin Ambrose 06/04/2012