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EAST CHICAGO | A small crowd honored East Chicago's fallen officers Wednesday and reflected on the dangers police face every day.
SOUTH HOLLAND | About 200 students, faculty and administrators for Thornwood High School and its school district held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night in memory of Richard “the Hulk” Cowser, a security guard who died last week after trying to break up a student fight.
LAPORTE | More than 3,000 people Sunday attended a memorial service for Jake West, the LaPorte High School football player who collapsed on the practice field and died last week.
Football players and coaches from LaPorte and other area high schools stand Sunday while Jake West's minister, Bethany Lutheran Church Pastor Dennis Meyer, speaks to a crowd of thousands at the LaPorte High School football field.
Attendees pray during a service Sunday for Jake West at Kiwanis Field in LaPorte. West, 17, died Sept. 25 during football practice of a heart ailment.
River Forest High School senior Alex Ballestas places a football signed by the Ingots on a table during a memorial service for Jake West in LaPorte. Players representing many Northwest Indiana teams attended the event for West, a Slicers player who died during a practice last week.
MERRILLVILLE | A region child care center on Friday honored two little girls who once attended the facility and died in an Interstate 65 crash last week along with five family members.
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was the keynote speaker for the Porter County Sheriff Department's annual Inspection and Memorial Service.
Porter County Sheriff's Department officers salute as the department's honor guard posts the colors at the department during their annual memorial service on Friday, a tradition during National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Week.
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge visits with students in the John Simatovich Elementary School choir Friday following the Porter County Sheriff Department's annual Inspection and Memorial Service.
Porter County Sheriff's Department Lt. Phil Miller, right, inspects the uniform of Officer John Brubaker on Friday during the department's annual Inspection. The inspection was followed by a memorial service, an annual tradition during National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Week.
Students in the John Simatovich Elementary School choir sing "America, The Beautiful" on Friday during the the Porter County Sheriff's Department annual memorial service.
Chesterton High School students Robert Rosenau, left and Zach Dickinson play taps during the Porter County Sheriff Department's annual memorial service on Friday.
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge speaks Friday during the Porter County Sheriff's Department memorial service at the Porter County Sheriff's Department. Ridge was a member of the House of Representatives, governor of Pennsylvania and secretary of Homeland Security.
Rita Dimos, seated, listens Tuesday afternoon with her son, Hammond Police Detective Eric Dimos, of Hammond, and her niece Kathy Mulvihill, of Hammond, during the East Chicago Fraternal Order of Police National Police Week Memorial Service at the Public Safety Facility. Their father or grand…
Eugene Hanyzewski, of Highland and a member of the American Legion post 369, steadies an American flag Tuesday afternoon during the East Chicago National Police Week Memorial Service. Sponsored by the East Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #59, the service was held on the front lawn of…
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