CARSON CITY — In conjunction with National Police Week, the 15th annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony will be held Thursday on the Capitol grounds in Carson City. The service will honor the 120 Nevada peace officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
The first officer killed in the line of duty was Carson County Nevada Territory Sheriff John L. Blackburn, who was killed in 1861 while making an arrest. The last officer killed in the line of duty was Nevada Department of Corrections Officer Tracy A. Hardin, who died of injuries sustained in an altercation with an inmate.
The service will begin with the presentation of colors by the combined Nevada Law Enforcement Honor Guard and the delivery of a runner’s baton. The baton is being relayed by peace officers from Las Vegas to Carson City. The Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Run started Saturday and one leg of the run is completed in the memory of each officer listed on the memorial.
This year, three officers will be honored at the memorial service. Deputy Sheriff Jack D. London, of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, died as the result of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle while on a traffic stop on May 17, 1943. Special Agent Don C. Ware, of the Drug Enforcement Agency office in Las Vegas, was wounded in a gun battle in Mexico while conducting and undercover operation. Years later, on Oct. 12, 2004, while undergoing surgery to repair damage done by the gun shot, he died in the operating room. Finally, Correctional Officer Tracy A. Hardin, of the Nevada Department of Corrections, was injured in a fight with an inmate where he sustained a broken angle. Hardin experienced a blood clot from the broken angle that led to his death on Jan. 20 this year.