Law enforcements officers from around the area along with family and friends gathered together Friday evening for a service of remembrance at the Civic in downtown Neosho.

Law enforcements officers from around the area along with family and friends gathered together Friday evening for a service of remembrance at the Civic in downtown Neosho.
Police Chaplain Bill Doubek called the meeting to order and let those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain James Wilson sang the National Anthem and Chaplain Shirley McBride gave a memorial prayer.
Police Chaplains Mark Taylor and Doubek welcomed the numerous officers to the event and made special note of Neosho Police Chief David Kennedy, Newton County Sheriff Chris Jennings, Granby Police Chief Jacob Kelly and Diamond Chief of Police Michael Jones, who were seated together on stage.
Interim Neosho City Manager Dana Daniel read the city's proclamation commemorating National Police Week from may 13-20. On behalf of Mayor Ben Baker, who was out of town, Daniel read the proclamation
Taylor introduced the main speaker, State Representative Bill Reiboldt. Reiboldt, who is in his final term as the 160th district state representative in the Missouri House, stated he had come from Jefferson City where the legislature has been in session. "I changed into my blue to honor all you officers," he said. Reiboldt spoke about officers who have given their lives in the line of duty and explained ways he thinks the public can honor law enforcement officers during National Police Week.
"One thing that comes to mind is just thank an officer," he said. "Just say thank you. Our highway patrol, our local officers, our sheriffs and deputies don't get the recognition they deserve," he said. "So, once in awhile, brighten their day with some kind words. One way to also help them is to obey the law, that is perhaps the best way. We are a nation of laws and we respect those laws and we respect each other. Help an officer. Businesses around town are good to give you guys discounts from time to time, church groups have been known to invite you in for a dinner or to pray for your safety. We need to built good, working relationships. You guys are human, we're all human. You have a family and I want you to get home at night and spend a good time with your family. I appreciate all that you do and the safety you provide for all of us."
Reiboldt offered those present to join him in prayer in closing.
Police Chaplains Roger Koren and Jerry Seigel read out a list of nine names of officers in the Four State Area who gave their lives in the line of duty over the past year.
The names and dates of end of watch are Lt. Patrick Weatherford, 6/12/17, Lt. Donald Heath Myers, 7/24/17, Gary Michael Jr, 8/26/2017, Deputy Tim Braden, 8/24/17, Reserve Officer Jared Condict, 2/6/18, Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 3/16/18, Deputy Casey L. Schumach, 3/18/17, and two canine officers, Rooster, Wichita Police Department, 3/18/17 and Argo, Norman (Oklahoma) Police Department, 11/7/17.
After a moment of silent prayer, Doubek led those present in the Lord's Prayer, followed by Taps, performed by Sgt. Richard Wade, Neosho High School AFJROTC.
Chaplains present at the event from the Newton County Sheriff's Office included Dr. Jerry Seigel, Mark Tayler, Dr. William Doubek, Roger Koren, James Wilson, Shirley McBride, and Ronald Moore.
After a final benediction provided by Moore, all officers presented were invited to come to the stage. Photographs were taken and a reception was held following the event.
The annual event was first held in Big Spring Park and later at the Newton County Sheriff's Office but has grown over the years and is now held at the Civic.