MANCHESTER - As part of National Police Week, the Town of Manchester is hosting a rededication of the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park on Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at the newly constructed Park House (340 Recreation Park Road, Manchester Center, Vermont). The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The rain date for the event is Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m.

The event honors Police Chief Dana L. Thompson who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 12, 1972 during a drugstore burglary in Manchester Village. The Town's recreational park was later named after Chief Thompson in remembrance of his service and sacrifice to Manchester and its citizens.

Dr. Robert Treat will serve as master of ceremonies. Ivan Beattie, chairman of the Manchester Selectboard, Manchester Chief of Police Michael Hall, Senator Richard Sears and family members of Chief Thompson are scheduled to make remarks. The event will also feature bagpiper Ben Partridge and the State Police Color Guard.

National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. For more information about National Police Week visit www.nleomf.org/programs/policeweek.

The event is sponsored by the Town of Manchester, its Police Department, the Police Department Benevolent Fund, Boy Scouts of America Troop 332 Manchester, Vermont and the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department.


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For more information, contact Town Manager John O'Keefe at (802) 362-1313, option 2, or j.okeefe@manchester-vt.gov.