Local first responders train for something they hope never to do

Behind the Badge

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Seven officers from the Stateline went to Minnesota to become members of the Law Enforcement Memorial Association Honor Guard.

All members are volunteers, and it’s required that you are a police officer or applying to become one.

The Honor Guard participates in community events and parades, but their top priority is to make sure officers who die in the line of duty have a proper funeral.

The five day training session teaches officers how to march, move a casket and plan a funeral.

Alexander Welsh is a Patrol Officer for Rockford, and a member of the Honor Guard.

“This is a way that we’re going to honor our fallen in the end. That’s the highest honor that we can ever have in the Honor Guard is honoring those that have fallen,” said Welsh. “So, if we train well and we look good… when we’re working on our flag folding, things of that nature, we have two minutes to give something to a family that’s going to last a lifetime. That someone’s going to see and remember that officer that’s fallen. That’s what it’s all about in the end.”

The Honor Guard was established in Minnesota in 1991.

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