NIAGARA FALLS – The Badge of Honor Association in conjunction with the Niagara Falls Police Department will dedicate six memorial signs in honor of six officers who lost their lives in the line of duty at 10 a.m. Friday at 428 Third Street. The event is open to the public.
The Badge of Honor Association is a nonprofit organization of volunteer members of law enforcement from across New York State dedicated to honoring law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Since they were formed in March 2007 they have placed commemorative plaques in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse where officers made the ultimate sacrifice. Officers from Rochester, Webster and West Webster as well as the New York State Police Troop A and D have been honored.
The sign dedication in Niagara Falls is the start of the Badge of Honor Association’s two month long tribute to 75 fallen officers in Western and Central New York.
Officers honored in Niagara Falls on Friday include: Patrolman John A. Stenzel, killed by accidental gunfire on Jan. 6, 1941; Patrolman Leon L. Prudent, killed in a fall on Nov. 5, 1929; Detective Sgt. John Downs, killed by gunfire on Aug. 3, 1923; Patrolman John Ratkay, killed by gunfire on Oct. 10, 1917; Patrolman Michael McCormick, killed by gunfire July 23, 1908; and Constable Andrew J. Frank, suspension bridge Village Police Department, killed by gunfire on Sept. 16, 1865.