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The North Providence Breeze 05-22-2019

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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE MAY 22-28, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION North Providence Police Department pays tribute to the fallen NORTH PROVIDENCE – More than 50 people attended the town's Police Officers Memorial Service and Wreath-Laying Ceremony last Wednesday, May 15, on the front lawn of North Providence Police Headquarters on Mineral Spring Avenue. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the observance of May 15 as Police Officers Memorial Day. This date pays tribute to the men and women of local, state and federal law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty or received a disabling injury. Thus far in 2019, 43 law enforce- ment officers have lost their lives in the line of duty according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. In Washington, D.C., there are nearly 22,000 names engraved on a monument dedicated to those law enforcement personnel who have suffered the ultimate sacrifice, noted Chief David Tikoian. "May 15 is the date recognized to honor and commemorate these brave men and women for their patriotic and dedicated service to their com- munities," he said. Those in attendance included Tikoian, about 20 active police officers, several retired members, Mayor Charles Lombardi, Chief of Staff Dick Fossa, Assistant Attorney Gen. Stephen Dambruch, Deputy Chief Arthur Martins, FOP Lodge 13 President Thomas Jones, Fire Chief John Silva and his firefighters, John Bonaventura, president of the FOPA Lodge 13, the Rev. Dennis Kieton, of Mary Mother of Mankind Church, Rev. Hance Philippe, Rev. Tony Palow, Rev. John Reardon, Lt. Roger Aspinal as bagpiper from the Providence Police Department, and several chiefs of police from across the state. "It should come as no surprise to anyone present here today, the past decade has been a violent and deadly one for police officers throughout the nation," said Tikoian. "Just last year alone, in 2018, 162 officers were killed in the line of duty. That's approximately 14 police officers per month or one officer every other day." The problem hits close to home, he said, with New England officers also losing their lives in recent months. "Due to the nature of the job, law enforcement officers sacrifice much time away from their family through- out their careers," he said. "When leaving their home each day, they are placed at high risk while in the performance of their duty, with no guarantee of returning home." From his perspective, said Tikoian, serving as police officers is a noble and honorable profession, a calling requiring dedication to duty, sacri- fice, honesty, integrity and courage. "I am pleased to join the men and women of the North Providence Police Department, sworn, civilian, active and retired, along with all who are here to pay tribute to those offi- cers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty across our nation," he said. LT. TOM JONES and CHIEF DAVID TIKOIAN, above, pay respects to those officers who have fallen in the line of duty during a ceremony last Wednesday. At left, police officials salute during the ceremony. Jain's Laundry Lowest Price in town new state-of-the-art equiPment LocateD on the north ProViDence/Johnston Line 1 miLe from north ProViDence hiGh schooL Plaza 44 • 39 Putnam Pike, Johnston 231-7019 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 7 a.m.-8 p.m. WASH • DRY • FOLD Drop Off Service only 69¢ per lb. Includes Softner, Bleach, Soap & Hangers Same Day Service We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. We speak "cat." (401) 762-2400 • Cat have a language all their own. Fortunately, we speak it too. Visit our full-service feline-loving animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner N. Smithfield, Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Fully Insured Free Estimates 401-765-4677 Tree Removal Pruning Cabling Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Crane Service Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Stump Grinding Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Klibanoff Eye Associates Welcomes Dr. Mona Aoude Klibanoff Now accepting New Patients 55 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI 401-723-3400 Dr. Klibanoff specializes in primary eye care including comprehensive eye exams, treatment of ocular diseases, glasses and contact lens service, and the pre and post operative management of cataract and LASIK surgery patients. Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Closed Sunday & Monday

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