National Police Week is May 14 through May 21 and the Versailles Police Department is paying tribute to all law enforcement officers who have made “the ultimate sacrifice” while protecting people in their communities.
The Versailles Police Department is in the process of having a memorial stone made to be placed at the cemetery in remembrance of fallen officers.
The Versailles Police Department has lost one officer in the line of duty since Versailles became a municipality. According to period newspaper accounts, Constable John Garland Duff was shot and killed in the line of duty Aug. 10, 1874. He was assisting a deputy sheriff who was attempting to arrest two men for stealing mules.
The men tried to escape and one of the men turned and shot, and killed, Duff.
The police department auxiliary is conducting a drawing to defray some of the cost of the proposed memorial stone.
A Glock 42 handgun with night sights will be raffled. Only 300 tickets will be sold at $10 each. A winner will be drawn Saturday, July 15. If all tickets are sold before July 15, the drawing will be sooner.
Tickets can be purchased from any Versailles police officer or at the police department. For more information, call 573-378-4634.