National Police Week occurs every May, and in 2022 we will be commemorating it with live, in-person events. National Police Week will be observed from May 11–17. The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will hold ceremonies, including the 34th Annual Candlelight Vigil, to honor the fallen officers whose names have recently been added to the Memorial.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, 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.
National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community.
"When a Police Officer is killed, it's not an agency that loses an Officer, it's an entire nation". This page is in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting with the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff James Nelson was shot and killed while looking for a state mental hospital escapee who had just forced his father at gunpoint to withdraw $600 from a bank in Sidney. Sheriff Nelson and his deputy stopped the subject in Sidney. As Sheriff Nelson exited his patrol car he was shot in the head. The man then shot and wounded the deputy before fleeing. The man was shot and killed after being located by a posse several hours later.
Deputy Jailer Randy Haddix passed away as a result of a heart attack he suffered while participating in a custody and control certification class at the Scottsbluff County Jail in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, on July 6th, 2018. He was transported to a local hospital before being flown to the Medical Center of the Rockies, in Loveland, Colorado, where he passed away on July 9th, 2018.
Mel Plummer, age 79, passed away on 12/24/2020. Mel worked for the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office from June 26th, 2006 until his retirement on March 28th, 2015. At the time of his retirement Mel had earned the rank of Major and was in charge of the Cheyenne County Jail. Mel also served Cheyenne County for a time as the Civil Defense Coordinator.
For those who had the opportunity to serve with Mel, it was an honor. The Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office, and the citizens of Cheyenne County thank you for your service.
Rest easy Major, we've got the watch from here
To my human partner -
My eyes are your eyes, to watch and protect you and yours.
My ears are your ears, to hear and detect evil minds in the dark.
My nose is your nose, to scent the invader of your domain.
And so you may live, my life is also yours.