By Esther Ro/Garden Grove Journal
The Garden Grove Police Department held its 26th Annual “Call to Duty” Memorial Service on Thursday in front of the police headquarters on Acacia Parkway to honor the five policemen who lost their lives serving the community.
Sgt. Myron L. Trapp, Officer Andy Reese, Officer Donald F. Reed, Officer Michael Rainford and Master Officer Howard Dallies, Jr. are commonly referred to as the “Fallen Five” and have left behind a legacy of commitment and bravery.
A parade of bagpipe players followed by a riderless horse and a presentation of colors by the Garden Grove Police Department Honor Guard opened the ceremony. The Bolsa Grande High School Concert Choir raised voices to sing the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
This year’s ceremony included a new addition to the program. After a welcome and introductions by Captain Travis Whitman, a memorial bell was tolled for Sgt. Trapp, Officer Reese, Officer Reed, Officer Rainford and Master Officer Dallies. Their families were then presented with a bouquet of flowers.
Guest speaker Chief Kevin Raney delivered a speech highlighting the Fallen Five’s dedication to protecting the city of Garden Grove and its citizens. He also read a verse titled “When God Made Police Officers,” which outlined several abilities and characteristics of the “standard model” policeman. The Fallen Five serve as role models for the current generation of policemen and for generations to come.
“The memory of these men will never die,” said Raney. “[Their actions and deeds] is a legacy not of sorrow but of inspiration.”