Deputy Pickett's name among 371 read in police memorial ceremony

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WASHINGTON (WTHR) - Fallen Boone County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Pickett's name is being added to the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Pickett's family, along with Sheriff Mike Nielsen and 26 employees from the sheriff's office, attended the candlelight vigil ceremony Monday on the National Mall.

(NOTE: See Indiana's fallen officers honored an hour and 8 minutes into the video below.)

A total of 371 names were added to the law enforcement memorial wall this year. Pickett will also be honored during the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on Wednesday morning.

Seven officers from Indiana are being honored this week during the services:

  • Joseph Cox, Jr. worked for the Allen County Sheriff's Office. The 19-year veteran of the department volunteered with youth and liked woodworking and photography.
  • Deputy Pickett from Boone County was a proud husband and father who also helped direct traffic at a local church.
  • Benton "Ben" Bertram was a nine-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Department near Louisville. Bertram, as well as Cox and Pickett, had K-9 partners.
  • Charles Schmitt is from Evansville and died back in 1932, but he's just getting added to the list of fallen officers this week.
  • David Tinsley was a Fort Wayne officer whose chief described as "a cop's cop." He graduated from Ball State.
  • Edward Bollman served as a DNR Conservation Officer and enjoyed being outdoors. He died while trying to save his friend while they were ice fishing.
  • Robert Pitts, an officer from Terre Haute, enjoyed camping, four-wheeling and motorcycles.

Meanwhile, three police officers from Kokomo are on their way to National Police Week, running 140 miles from Philadelphia.

They say it's all to honor the officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice, like Deputy Pickett and the four other officers from Indiana who died in 2018.