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Posted on: May 24, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fallen Officer Honored in DC Ceremony

2023 Roll Call of Heroes ceremony officers salute

Location 25-W -34; the panel and line numbers of the engraving of Lt. John Stewart’s name on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Stewart, along with 555 other officers killed in the line of duty, were honored on May 15, 2023, in the 2023 Roll Call of Heroes.

“It was a very moving ceremony and heart-wrenching to see the name of one of our own etched on the monument,” said William A. Hall, Lake City City Administrator. “John Stewart was dedicated to our community.”

Hall and Deputy City Administer and Police Chief Jody Cooper attended the ceremony with several members of the City of Lake City leadership in memory of and to honor Stewart and his efforts to keep Lake City safe. 

Cooper called Stewart a professional peace officer whose approachable demeanor made him a person you could rely on and respect.

“Lt. Stewart was part of our community and police department for 13 years,” said Cooper. “His compassion and empathy emphasized the love in his heart for our community and his profession,” said Cooper. “He will forever be in our hearts.”

Originally from Passaic, N.J., Stewart served as a criminal investigator with organized crimes and narcotics and had earned his dream assignment to the US Marshals Task Force shortly before his death on September 17, 2021.

The Roll Call of Heroes honoring Stewart’s life was part of the National Fraternal Order of Police’s 42nd Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. Lt. Stewart’s name is one of 23,785 officers currently engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Established in 1984, the memorial is dedicated to U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty throughout American history. It is located at Judiciary Square, adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Museum, in Washington, D.C.

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