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Thursday, June 4, 2015
Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour addresses the crowd this morning at a Badge of Honor ceremony at the Niagara County Sheriff's Office to honor nine fallen police officers, who have died in Niagara County in the line of duty. (ENP STAFF PHOTOS)


TOWN OF LOCKPORT — Nine Niagara County police officers who gave their lives in service of the public were honored this morning at a ceremony at the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

North Tonawanda Police Dept. Capt. Arthur
Beilein was one of the nine honored. He died in
the line of duty in 1949. 
The ceremony, by the Badge of Honor Association, included moments — shared by Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour, North Tonawanda Police Chief William Hall, and Newfane Town Clerk Mickey Kramp — of those the service honored.
  • Niagara County Sheriff Fred Bigalow was killed by a gunshot wound while responding to a domestic incident in Pekin on June 19, 1944. 
  • Deputy William Fiegl was killed when his patrol car was struck by a train in Wheatfield on Dec. 1, 1956. 
  • Deputy Howard Mead suffered a fatal head injury while struggling with two prisoners at the Niagara County Jail on June 4, 1967.
  • Niagara County Jail Matron Phyllis Myers was fatally beaten during an attempted jail break on June 15, 1970. It was to have been Myers' last day of work. 
  • Deputy Jeffrey Incardona was killed in a car crash on July 22, 1993 on the way to help a Lockport police officer who had been shot. 
  • K9 Rocky died on Dec. 4, 2011 after falling from a rooftop in Niagara Falls while looking for a suspect.
  • N.T. Police Dept. Capt. Arthur Beilein died from carbon monoxide poisoning on Oct. 9, 1949 — his 58th birthday. 
  • N.T. Police Officer Albert J. Kasbaum was shot and killed by two auto thieves on Aug. 18, 1919.
  • Newfane Town Constable William C. Gray was killed by a man Dec. 21, 1904 after trying to prevent the man from killing a woman. 
Voutour noted that there have been 50 police officers killed on June 4 since 1867 — including Deputy Mead. He also noted that there have been 54 police officers killed so far this year. 

A small gathering of friends, family and other officers were also on hand for the 9 a.m. ceremony, which was emcee'd by Officer Michael Ciulla. Paula Venne sang the National Anthem. Chaplain Alex True provided the invocation and benediction. Sgt. Justin Collins of the Rochester Police Department — and president of the Badge of Honor Association — also spoke.

Friends and family of the fallen were in attendance, as were several other officers.

There's more photos from the ceremony here. (link)

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