|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2014
Contact: Major Kevin Jordan
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
(603) 271-3128 or
Lt. Jerome Maslan
New Hampshire State Police
New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
CONCORD - On Monday, May 19, 2014, the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial will be held at the site of the Police Memorial at 10:00 AM. The New Hampshire Police Memorial is located on State Street on the grounds of the Legislative Office Building, behind the State House in Concord. All sworn and civilian members of Law Enforcement, Department of Corrections, the Legislature, the Public, and Media are invited to attend. The program will last approximately one hour. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held inside the State House in Representatives Hall.
Speakers will be her excellency Governor Margaret Wood Hassan and Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey A. Strelzin. Reading the Roll of Honor will be Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey A. Strelzin, recognizing the names of New Hampshire’s 46 fallen police officers. The New Hampshire Police Association Pipes and Drum Band will play popular songs, including Amazing Grace.
This year, the names of 286 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 286 officers include 105 officers who were killed during 2013, plus 181 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.
This year two names were added to the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Officer George Pray of the Dover Police Department and Sergeant Henry McAllister of the Manchester Police Department.
Officer George E. Pray is now recorded as New Hampshire’s first police officer line of duty death. Officer Pray was killed in the line of duty on New Year’s Eve, 1888. Officer Pray and a man named William E. Robinson were assigned to return a subject, who had previously been housed at the Concord Insane Asylum, back to Concord as he was becoming too violent. Upon locating the subject, and telling him why they were there, he jumped out of his chair and ran to his chamber upstairs. Officer Pray was about halfway up the stairs with Robinson following when the subject burst out his room holding a single-barreled muzzleloader. He quickly raised the gun and shot Officer George Pray in the chest, killing him instantly. The subject was later arrested at his father’s house in Barrington Depot.
Sergeant McAllister was killed in the line of duty on May 21, 1895. It was reported, Sergeant McAllister and another were having a conversation inside the police station that became quite contentious. The other individual suddenly drew a revolver he had hidden on himself and shot Sergeant McAllister at close range killing him instantly. At the time of his death, Sergeant McAllister was a three year veteran with the Manchester Police Department.
The Woodbury Middle School Chorus will sing a medley of songs, along with a musical selection by a portion of the nationally acclaimed Londonderry High School Marching Lancers. The event is being sponsored by the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association, the New Hampshire Police Association, the Police Chief’s Association of New Hampshire, the Hundred Club of New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Committee.
The New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Committee is still seeking donations for the perpetual care fund and donations of any amount would be greatly appreciated.
Checks may be made payable to:
New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Association
P.O. Box 3864 Concord, NH 03302-3864
Any questions should be directed to Major Kevin Jordan of the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game at 271-3128 or Lt. Jerome Maslan, New Hampshire State Police at 223-8494.