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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Lakeland’s Fallen Police Officers Honored with New Memorial

Dedication Ceremony Set for March 20, 2017

 

WHO:  Lakeland Police Department, Families of Fallen Officers and the Public

WHAT:  Lakeland Police Fallen Heroes Memorial Dedication

WHEN:  Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Lakeland Police Department, 219 North Massachusetts Avenue

WHY:  Honoring Lakeland’s Fallen Officers


LAKELAND, FL (March 6, 2017) - The Lakeland Police Department invites the community to join us and family members of our fallen officers at the dedication ceremony for the Lakeland Police Fallen Heroes Memorial on Monday, March 20, 2017, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Memorial is located at the front entrance of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 North Massachusetts Avenue. 

 

The Memorial is a beautiful site that honors Lakeland’s five fallen officers: Patrolman William Barnett, Patrolman Thomas Nicholson, Officer Eugene DeBerry, Officer Carl Cushman and Officer Arnulfo Crispin. The centerpiece features a life-size bronze Honor Guard sculpture atop a granite backdrop watching over the names of the fallen officers. Attached to the granite are five glass plaques, each etched with a fallen officer’s name and photo.  Also featured is a large glass badge, illuminated with LED lights, to serve as a reminder of those still serving.  The foundation of the site is lined with personalized engraved bricks which were sold to help fund the project.

 

Assistant Chief Link, who also serves on the project team, stated “This memorial will forever honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Lakeland. It has been very humbling to see the support from our community. Without their donations, the memorial would not have been possible.”.

 

To ensure safety for those attending the event, the main entrance to the station will be closed beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Those who need to visit the station for police business should enter on Bay Street. (see attached map)  The portion of Massachusetts Avenue between Cedar Street and Bay Street will be closed beginning at 6:00 p.m. Motorists will be detoured one block over to Kentucky Avenue. Detours will be clearly marked and traffic will be redirected.   Parking for the event is available throughout Downtown. 

 

For additional information, please visit www.lakelandpolicefoundation.com.


CONTACT
Robin Tillett, Media Relations 
| Lakeland Police Department | 863/834-2963

www.lakelandgov.net/lpd | Twitter @lakelandpd




NOTICE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  WE WILL UPDATE THE NEW TIME/DATE AS SOON AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

 

The Lakeland Police Department will host the annual Media Relations Day on (POSTPONED, TBD). Several benefits can arise from holding and establishing a Media Relations Day to include, but not limited to; allowing LPD to build upon and enhance the media relations partnership with local media outlets through strengthened communications.


During this time, we will have a roundtable discussion followed by a survey which will give us feedback from you, for future training and roundtable discussions. This is a time for the media to share how we can effectively work together and understand the demanding needs placed on both law enforcement and the media in today’s environment.

Presentation

We will also be giving a 45-minute presentation on how the 3D Laser Scanner is improving the efficiency and effectiveness of crime scene investigation and crash reconstruction. You will step inside a crime scene in our community room and then see how it is rendered into a 3D image. You’ll learn how it’s used to take measurements, inspect evidence, and analyze blood splatter or bullet trajectory.Media representatives will be given a copy of the video and additional material if needed for a news story.


Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: Lakeland Police Department, 3rd Floor, 3A conference room.


LAKELAND, FL (January 10, 2017) - On Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at approximately 2:45 p.m., Lakeland Police officers responded to the area of Harden Boulevard, near Forest Park Street, in reference to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian struck by a pickup truck.  

 

Glenn Gillenwater, age 63, of Lakeland, was struck and killed by a 1984 Ford pickup truck driven by 26-year-old Michael Duey.  According to reports, Duey was traveling southbound on Harden Boulevard when his truck began to swerve, drove up onto the raised shoulder and struck Gillenwater who was walking on the sidewalk. Duey’s truck continued down an embankment and struck two trees before coming to a final rest. 

 

Emergency medical professionals from the Lakeland Fire Department and Polk County Fire Rescue arrived on scene and began assisting officers in providing life saving measures. Both Gillenwater and Duey were transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center. Gillenwater passed away due to the injuries sustained in the crash. Duey was treated for minor injuries and released. 

 

Members of the LPD Traffic Homicide Unit closed the portion of Harden Boulevard between Beacon Road and Ariana Street for approximately three hours. 

 

No charges have been filed at this time. This is an open case and the Lakeland Police Department Traffic Homicide team is continuing to investigate.

 

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583.2357.

 

CONTACT


Robin Tillett

Media Relations | Lakeland Police Department | 863/834-2946


Photo Opportunity & Media Announcement

Mulberry High School Students and Teachers Sponsor
Eleven Active Shooter Vests for LPD Officers

WHO: Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens, along with several Lakeland Police Officers and representatives from Derringer Firearms, will be guests at Mulberry High School’s Pep Rally to receive a donation for eleven Active Shooter Vests.

WHAT:
Mulberry High School students and teachers set a goal to fundraise and purchase vests for the seven officers who are graduates of Mulberry High School. They have surpassed the goal and will be donating funds for eleven vests through the Shield the Badges 501c3 corporation. The project is special to the school as fallen Officer Arnulfo Crispin was a graduate of Mulberry High School. Officer Crispin’s sister Brenda, who is also an Lakeland Police Officer and graduate of the school, will be in attendance.

WHEN: Thursday, December 15th at 1:00 P.M.

WHERE: 1 Panther Pl, Mulberry, FL 33860

WHY: Shield The Badges (Non-profit 501©3) was developed to buy an additional layer of protective body armor for Lakeland Police Officers. These special carrier vests are designed to help protect law enforcement in active shooter situations with high caliber rifle fire.

Media inquiries should be directed to (863) 583.2357.

CONTACT:

Robin Tillett | Media Relations | Lakeland Police Department
863/834-2963 | Twitter @lakelandpd