Scottish Highlanders Perform at Law Enforcement Memorial Service
The 25th annual event honored the 24 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in Pinellas County since 1905. Dunedin High's Scottish Highlander Pipe Band played at the event.
The 25th Annual Pinellas County Law Enforcement Memorial Service honored the fallen on May 9 in Memorial Park near the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Administration Building in Largo.
On busy Ulmerton Road, the air was filled with the names of the 24 who gave up their lives serving the community, the haunting sound of Dunedin High's Scottish Highlander Band's bag pipes and a solemn pair of buglers playing Taps.
The law enforcement honor guard raised the flag and placed a wreath in front of the memorial stone.
One new name was etched in the stone this year. Although Tarpon Springs Police Officer Everett Blewfield died in 1926, his sacrifice was only recently discovered, said Tarpon Springs Police Chief Robert Kochen.
Kochen shared Blewfield's story. On August 16, 1926, Blewfield had been on the job only a week, when he responded to a suspicious persons call. A couple of women were apparently waiting in a car behind a grocery store on Stafford Avenue. When Blewfield arrived two men emerged with checks and money from the store safe. The men shot Blewfield, who died at the scene, Kochen said.
In addition to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, many local law enforcement agencies and cities were represented including: Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Largo, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs.