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On April 20, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), which built and manages the memorial in Washington D.C., conducted engraving day ceremonies. According to NLEOMF chairman Graig W. Floyd, "This ceremony will give their families and friends the opportunity to commemorate their lives and service to the Washington community." The names of Metropolitan Washington D.C. Police Sergeants John Samuel Ashley and Clifton Rife II were specifically honored.
A total of 153 law enforcement officers died during 2004, 57 of them due to gunshots, which was the leading cause of death, followed by automobile accidents. Nine officers died as a result of heart attacks.

The Engraving Day ceremony occurs every April at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Presenters this year include NLEOMF Chairman Craig Floyd and Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Charles Ramsey. While specifically honoring the two Washington, D.C. officers, the ceremony symbolically commemorated the lives of the more than 17,000 officers who have been killed since the nation's first recorded law enforcement officer death in 1792. A total of 415 names will be added to the Memorial this year.

The National Candlelight Vigil on May 13 and other tributes during National Police Week, will run from May 15-21.

The NLEOMF Web Site has details on the May gathering.

The Fallen Officer List can also be found at this site and shows the 415 names added.
 
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