White House to shine blue, honor fallen law enforcement officers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WABI) - The White House will shine blue Tuesday night, honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

The event will commemorate National Peace Officers Memorial Day as well as the official start of National Police Week.

Every year, thousands of officers and departments from across the country converge on Washington, DC to honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The names of two fallen officers from Maine were recently added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Chris Gardner, a former Maine Drug Enforcement Agent and longtime University of Maine Police Detective and Fryeburg Police Officer Nathan Desjardins, were honored during a ceremony in Washington, DC last weekend.

On Monday, a delegation of law enforcement agencies from across Maine traveled to Washington DC to hand deliver paperwork to add Corporal Eugene Cole's name to the memorial.

The Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy was killed in the line of duty on April 25th.

To learn more about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, visit http://www.nleomf.org/